Fireplace Dos and Don’ts
Fireplaces are one of the most used heating appliances during the cold winter months. However, they must be upkept to minimize their potential risk of fire. Weather.com informs us of the Dos and Don’ts of wood-burning and gas fireplaces.
Wood-Burning Fireplace Dos
-DO get your chimney inspected for any buildup or damage by a professional prior to lighting your first fire of the season.
-DO make sure the flue is open before lighting a fire.
-DO leave the glass fire screen closed when the fireplace is in use.
-DO use a fireplace gate.
-DO clean the firebox once a week.
-DO make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to sleep to prevent house fires.
Wood-Burning Fireplace Don’ts
-DON’T leave flammable objects near the fireplace while it is lit.
-DON’T leave children or pets unattended around a lit fire
-DON’T use gasoline to start a fire.
-DON’T use green branches and leaves to start a fire. These can cause more smoke than fire itself.
Gas Fireplace Dos
-DO get your chimney inspected for proper venting of gas fumes by a professional prior to lighting your first fire of the season.
-DO ensure you have a screen or secondary glass barrier on your fireplace, as the single class barrier can get extremely hot and burn you.
-DO keep flammable objects away from fireplace.
Gas Fireplace Don’ts
-DON’T close the flue when the fireplace is in use.
-DON’T leave the fireplace unattended when it is on.
-DON’T leave the fireplace on when you leave the house or go to sleep, although it is okay if the pilot light remains on.
For more Dos and Don’ts of fire and heating in your home: https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/2020-01-22-fire-heat-your-home-dos-donts
Should you have any mishaps, call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."®