Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Safely Enjoy Your Indoor Fireplace

Bison's Fireplace Safety

As the temperatures begin to dip many of us turn to our indoor fireplaces to keep us warm and create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere for our homes.

However, increased fireplace use should always begin with a refresher in fire safety, and homeowners should be aware of how to create a safe fire, and the hazards of unplanned fires. Following these tips can not only save your home and possessions from damage, but they can also help save your life:

Have Your Chimney Maintained

The first and most important thing to do before you begin using your fireplace is to have it professionally inspected and maintained by a qualified professional.

If you have a wood burning fireplace, contact a professional chimney sweep to perform a thorough inspection of the inside of your fireplace, as well as the outside. If you have a gas fireplace, check the manufacturer’s information about the appropriate professional to contact to help you maintain it.

Keep in mind that fall is a busy season for many professional in the fireplace industry, so try to book as soon as you can so that you can begin safely using your fireplace.

Use Fireplace Screens

Fireplace screens are exactly what they sound like: they are screens which are placed in front of your fireplace in order to keep sparks and other fire debris inside the fireplace and not on your carpet, wood floor, or furniture.

Stay With Your Fire

Never leave a fire unattended, as they can spread quickly and even leaving the room for a few minutes can be long enough to cause serious damage and health risks. If you absolutely must leave the room, try to be as quick as possible, and if you have company over ask them to mind the fire while you’re in the other room.

Don’t Use Gasoline to Start a Fire

Attempting to light a fire with gasoline is one of the most dangerous things you can do when it comes to putting yourself at risk of a fire or getting burned. Not only is liquid gas highly flammable, but the fumes are, as well; meaning that the air around your fireplace is just as flammable as the gasoline you’re pouring into it. Once a match is struck the fumes can (and often do) explode violently.

Repair Cracks in Your Fireplace

Maintaining the integrity of your fireplace and chimney is essential to keeping your home safe while your fireplace is in use. Some repairs can be performed using “DIY” methods, but if the damage to your fireplace is extensive, or you aren’t completely sure about how to repair it yourself, involve a professional who can assist you.

Have Your Gas Fireplace Inspected

Just because your home has a gas-burning fireplace doesn’t mean that you can forgo annual maintenance. In fact, because gas is both extremely flammable and dangerous to inhale, it’s important to have all gas lines and connections inspected before you begin using it.

For more information about staying fire safe, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection at (204) 237-3473.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:24 AM

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