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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
A fireplace always adds elegance and value to any home. A home with a fireplace is indeed a pleasing and comfortable place to stay. Ensure that you always practice fireplaces safety measures in your home to keep your family safe and to protect your home, which is one of the most valuable investments in your life.

The following are some fireplace safety tips in your home:

  1. Get your fireplace checked regularly by certified contractors every year for possible safety obstructions. Make sure the chimneys are regularly cleaned to avoid creosotes that could ignite your roof.

  2. Avoid using kerosene, gas and other liquids that could heighten combustion as fire igniters for wood burning. Always use real logs and refrain from using old newspapers or saw dusts in fuelling your wood fireplace. Open the damper so fuel will burn well and prevent the accumulation of smothering gas in the room.

  3. Use a fireplace screen or glass door to protect the room from embers. Ensure that the screen is large enough to catch rolling logs or sparks. Leave the glass door open while burning.

  4. Keep your wood supply stacked and covered outside your home and ensures that it is at least thirty feet away from the house. Bring in only enough wood to avoid insects in the wood from getting in your home.

  5. Keep a fire extinguisher in the house and install smoke alarms systems in each floor of your home. Test them once a month and change the batteries once a year. Ensure that the extinguisher is in good working condition and every member of the family knows how to operate it.

  6. Refrain from burning trash paper, cardboard boxes, Christmas trees and wrappers that emit toxic chemicals in the smoke.

  7. Embers should be disposed safely and properly. Ashes must be dampened, cooled and stored in metal containers. Avoid throwing ashes on boxes, paper bags or a compost pile.

  8. Clean the chimney, fireplace, and wood stove areas. Examine the flue for obstructions like a birdís nest and make sure to trim overhanging branches or large trees near the chimney.

  9. When using manufactured logs, read the instructions on the package carefully and avoid breaking the logs. Use only one log at a time.

  10. Rake the ashes regularly to keep your fireplace in good condition. Make sure to use dust masks every time you do this. Repair cracks on the flue lining, bricks and walls right away.

  11. Keep kids away from the fireplace. Fire draws the attention of children, thus you should always warn and remind kids to stay away from the fireplace and avoid playing with fire.

  12. Do not leave a fire or flaming embers unattended. Make sure that the fire is totally out before going to bed or leaving the house.

  13. Open the chimney flue and the damper wide to allow smoke to get out and allow ample air to get to the fire so it will burn continuously. Preheat the firebox and chimney by building a small, hot fire.

Remember that as a homeowner, you should take responsibility in ensuring fireplace safety in your home all the time.
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