The fire looks so delightful...
It's pretty cold, windy, and snowy out there! During a blizzard, having an alternative form of heating can be a huge advantage, especially if the power goes out.
If you're a homeowner who has a fireplace or woodstove, it's important to make sure it is working properly and well-maintained for your own and your family's safety:
- Make sure the area around the fireplace or woodstove is clear of potentially flammable objects and materials.
- Clean out the ashes from your previous fire, and store them in a non-combustible container until you can properly dispose of them.
- For a fireplace, make sure you use a grate; keep the glass doors open while the fire is burning, but keep the fire screen closed.
- Build a safe and right-sized fire and use fireplace tools to tend to it.
- Don't leave a fire unattended and don't close the damper until the embers are completely burned out.
- Have the chimney inspected annually, and cleaned when necessary, by a professional chimney sweep.
- Install a chimney cap on top of the stack to help ensure that debris or animals don't block the flue.
- Install working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and have a fire extinguisher on hand.