Fireplace Safety Tips Equals a Warm and Safe Home in Alliance Ohio
Do you worry about having a wood burning fireplace? Here are some tips to avoid fireplace mishaps so you and your family can safely enjoy the comfort of a fire this winter.
Chimney: Install a mesh screen cap over the top of the chimney. Call a certified chimney specialist to inspect and clean your chimney or woodstove annually.
Flu: Use a stove pipe thermometer to monitor flue temperature.
Air Inlets: Air inlets should always be kept open
Mesh Gates: When the fireplace glass doors are open, close the mesh screen. It will help keep embers from escaping.
Hearth: The hearth should be completely clear of any debris, decorations, or clutter.
Ashes: Let ashes cool completely before moving them. If your fireplace doesn’t have an ash pick connected to the heart, keep ashes in a metal container a safe distance from your home, at least 10 feet. Pour water over the ashes before throwing them away.
Should you keep your glass fireplace doors OPEN or CLOSED?
OPEN: Starting a fire open the doors- air will help start the fire
CLOSED & OPEN During The Fire: Closed keeps fire contained and allows fan to heat your home. Open you can better enjoy the fireplace experience, but it requires more supervision.
CLOSED: When you are finished with the fire closed doors will keep air in the chimney from entering your home.
It is important to call a restoration company during the first 48 hours after fire damages your home. It makes the difference between restoring your personal items or having to replace your items. If you experience a fire from your fireplace, call SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088 or visit our website at www.SERVPROsoutheaststarkcounty.com to see our services