Fireplaces - Tips
To Staying Warm And Safe
While the weather outside may be cold and snowy, the need to
keep warm on the inside becomes the number one priority and
this is when many people look to their fireplace for help.
Unfortunately, in many cases this need meets with death and
injuries from its use.
It's not just fireplaces that are dangerous, but also many
other supplemental heating sources such as portable space
heaters and kerosene heaters.
Every year in the United States there are an average of 140
deaths and over 25,000 fires caused by wood burning fireplaces,
chimneys and space heaters. Heating equipment is the second
leading cause of home fires, with cooking fires being number
Fireplace can start home fires in many different ways. It
can be from a cracked chimney, or one that is blocked off.
Sparks and burning embers can create fires on the inside of the
home as well as the roof.
To stay safe during the cold winter weather follow these
- Always have your chimney inspected each year to be sure
it's not blocked or coated with creosote. Also do a visual
inspection to check for any possible cracks.
- Never empty hot ashes into the trash can. Put them in a
fire resistant container and store it away fro anything
that may burn.
- Don't use gasoline or lighter fluid to start a fire in
- Always make sure the fireplace damper is open before
starting a fire. Not only does it allow the smoke to
escape, but dangerous gases as well.
- Have a fireplace screen in place to avoid sparks and
hot embers from popping out.
By using these fireplace tips, you'll not only stay warm
during the freezing temperatures, but you'll also stay