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Home Improvement  /  January 2, 2019

Fireplace Season Safety Tips

Handyman Connection of Red Deer has some tips to keep your home and family safe this fireplace season. While having a fireplace in your home makes you want to cozy up in front of the fire and enjoy its soothing warmth, fires can be deadly and if you don’t follow the correct steps to monitor the flames, accidents can happen.

Never Turn your Back on a Fire – If you are starting a fire, make sure you have full intentions to stick around the full length of the burn. While most fireplaces have safety features in place, accidents can still happen without supervision. Another hazard is using water to extinguish a fire. This will damage the interior of your fireplace as well can possibly start another fire when the embers scatter.

Regularly Clean out the Fireplace – Make sure you thoroughly clean out your fireplace weekly as smoldering embers that remain behind can catch fire when accumulating. Ashes can be easily left behind and built up when fires are burnt frequently.

Inspect and Clean Chimney Yearly – Having a qualified contractor completing a thorough inspection of your fireplace to identify any potential hazards will help clear a byproduct called creosote. This is released and deposited on the lining of your chimney and is extremely flammable so it is important to have them clean your chimney in order before lighting the first fire.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector – If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector, call Handyman Connection of Red Deer to install one to ensure the “silent killer” does not hurt your family. When a fireplace flue is left closed while a burning fire is going or when it accidentally closes over a smoldering fire, the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas can cause poisoning.

 

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Handyman Connection of Red Deer wants to ensure that you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of your fireplace this season while keeping your family safe. Call today to make sure that your home is ready for fireplace season.

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