A fireplace is a great alternative to more traditional heating sources. Not only is it warm and cozy on a chilly fall night, but it also helps to keep down the cost of heating bills. A wood burning fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to your home, but they also bring additional risk in the way of fires or injuries. All of that can be avoided however by following a few simple safety tips.
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned before the start of every season. Creosote, a flammable substance, can build up on the lining of the chimney and catch fire. It’s important to also have the liner checked for cracks.
- Keep the fireplace doors closed when the unit is in use. Use a fire resistant mat in front of the fireplace to protect the floor or carpet.
- Keep furnishings and other highly flammable items a safe distance away.
- If you have small children, use a gate that encircles the wood stove to keep them from touching or running into the hot surface.
- Never leave a fire unattended. If you need to leave or it’s time for bed, make sure the fire is completely out. Close the damper to the stove or fireplace as well as the doors.
- Use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house.
Following a few common sense precautions will ensure that there aren’t any unnecessary accidents to your home or your family. If you run into any trouble with your other heating systems this winter, contact the Virginia heating experts at EasternTech.