Put a stop to fireplace messes, burns and hazards!
There isn’t a soul who doesn’t love to sit in front of the fire on a cold winters day, with a cuppa of their favourite cup of a tea or a hot chocolate. Either way, we all love our comforts and a cozy fire can make your day all the better even when the weather is absolutely miserable. However, we too often forget that our cozy fires and fireplaces can be hazardous without the correct care. Check out our fireplace maintenance tips and reduce the risk of fire hazards in your home.
Our top fire maintenance and safety tips!
#1 Always get your chimney inspected and cleaned before winter creeps in.
#2 If you don’t already own a good quality set of fireplace tools it should become a priority on a your shopping list. Fireplace tools are essential to reduce the risk of burns as well as being used to control fires and clean your fireplace.
#3 Never use wet firewood as this creates a much larger amount of smoke and thus causes creosote to build up more quickly.
#4 Always leave it 24 hours before assuming that fire ashes have cooled. Underneath the ashes embers can smolder away and cleaning them too quickly can create a fire hazard.
#5 Always use a fire screen to protect children from open fires and stoves. This is also extremely important because you would never know when a fire will crackle and pop ember out onto the floor creating a fire hazard especially if you have a carpeted room.
#6 Always used a cleaner formulated for fireplaces because everyday cleaning products are generally flammable and toxic.
#7 Do a test on your fire and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working correctly.
#8 Never leave a fire unattended. If you have to leave your home unexpectedly always put your fire completely out before leaving.
See steps below on how to extinguish a fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
Most of these are tips common sense but it’s always a good idea to refresh your mind because it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
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