Is your fireplace up to snuff?
5 Tips to stay safe
Here in Atlanta we only have a few short months to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a good book (and/or a glass of wine!). Before your home fires are blazing this winter, we wanted to make sure your fireplace is fully up to snuff! If it isn't maintained properly, your living, dining room or bedroom could quickly be filled with a cloud of soot or even a fire. To ensure that you are protected and can enjoy your fireplace in the years to come, here are a five quick tips:
TIP #1 :: Call a Chimney Sweep -- every year
Have your chimney cleaned out at least once a year. In colder climates where you use your fireplace regularly, you may want to have it cleaned twice a year. Every now and then birds or small animals may nest in your chimney, so you want to make sure it's spic and span!
TIP #2 :: Install A Chimney Cap
If your home doesn’t have a chimney cap, it's a good idea to have one installed. The cap will help prevent leaves, animals, debris and event snow/rain from coming into the chimney.
TIP #3 :: Close The Damper
If the damper isn't closed, your furnace (or air conditioner) may be working overtime. Save lots of $$ when you close the damper when you aren't using your fireplace.
TIP #4 :: Only Burn Firewood
A fireplace isn’t the spot to burn your old credit card bills, broken chair or ex-boyfriend photos. Plastic and painted wood can release dangerous chemicals into your airspace.
TIP #5 :: Smoke Alarms
If you don’t already have them, mount smoke alarms near your hearth and in every bedroom. Consider installing combined carbon monoxide and smoke detectors if you have a home with a gas-burning fireplace. If the smoke alarms are battery operated, make sure you change the batteries at least twice a year.
These five quick tips to make sure your fireplace is working properly can give you peace of mind, so you can comfortably cuddle up and enjoy many winter nights around the fireplace.
Be safe and have a happy holiday season!
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