4 Tips for Fireplace Safety
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Posted by Addie B. on October 19, 2017 in Home Focus

With fall upon us and winter quickly approaching, many are looking forward to fireplace season. Whether for the warmth and heat or the ambiance of the dancing flames on a chilly day, fireplaces are a welcome part of any home—but it's important to operate them safely.    

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireplaces are the cause of nearly one-third of all home fires involving heating equipment. Here are some important fireplace safety tips. 

 

  • A common cause of chimney fires is buildup of creosote, a flammable residue that sticks to the walls of chimneys. Have your chimney cleaned annually by a certified chimney sweep to remove creosote, and be sure it is also inspected to look for loose mortar and bricks, cracks in the chimney or liner, and other problems.  

  • Make sure your chimney is fitted with a wire mesh cap to keep out rain, debris, birds, and animals. 

  • Only burn dry, seasoned hardwood as green (wet) wood and softwoods will produce more creosote buildup. Be sure to follow any instructions provided with manufactured fireplaces.  

  • Have fire and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home, and especially in rooms with fireplaces.    

 

We hope you have a wonderful, warm, and safe heating season!

Addie B.
Addie has a wide range of personal insurance experience and with her position at Acuity, has been able to specialize in homeowners insurance. On top of her homeowners insurance knowledge, Addie has a good understanding of the insurance industry in general. She focuses on the consumer allowing her to play a key role in product development. Also, she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation. In her free time Addie spends time outdoors and enjoys playing and watching sports.


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