Fireplace and Chimney Safety
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Englanders enjoy more this than a cozy fire. Following are some important
maintenance and safety tips that will ensure the fire is contained to the
firebox where it belongs.
Have your fireplace inspected annually.
Your chimney sweep
can examine creosote build-up, the condition of the bricks, mortar, tile
and flue, as well as chimney caps and flashing and make necessary
Keep your masonry in good repair.
Bricks or clay
tiles can suffer wear & tear and break over time. This allows heat and
fumes access to the home causing an increased fire hazard.
Clean your fireplace after you have burned
one cord of wood.
A cord of wood
measures 4' tall, by 4' wide, and 8' long.
Avoid burning soft woods.
Hard woods leave
less creosote deposit. Creosote is a blackish brown residue that sticks to
chimney walls. It is highly combustible and should be removed regularly.
Never burn paper in a fireplace.
Ash can rise out
of the fireplace and ignite the roof and surrounding vegetation.
Never leave a fire unattended.
sometimes get through mesh screens and land on carpeting, hardwood floors
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