The weather is definitely starting to reflect colder fall temperatures, which means you'll likely be using your fireplace more and more. With a fireplace in your home, electrical or wood burning, there presents an added fire hazard in your home. Since this week is Fire Prevention Week, we figured this was a perfect opportunity to share some tips for fireplace maintenance and safety. 

Wood Burning

  • Clean the chimney, creosote and ash can be fire hazards when you go to light it.
  • Replace any broken or deteriorated lining.
  • Keep the fireplace dampener opened when the fireplace is in use, allowing gases and smoke to exit. Keep the dampener closed when the fireplace is not in use. 
  • Ensure fresh air supply is in your home before you light the fire. 
  • Burn dry seasoned wood only, this prevents excess smoke from building.
  • Have your chimney cleaned regularly.

Gas Burning

  • Have the appliance serviced by a qualified technician, this will prevent permanent damages from occurring so it's worth the cost.
  • The airways of both the pilot and main burners should be regularly cleaned.

I have a gas fireplace and I love it. I’m especially a fan of direct vent gas units because of their flexibility—you can install them almost anywhere. Direct vent gas fireplaces don’t require a chimney. Instead they vent horizontally out a sidewall or vertically through the roof. And they draw the air they need for combustion from outside. That means they don’t use your home’s warm air. — Mike Holmes

Do you have a fireplace? Is it wood burning or gas burning? If any of this information was complete news to you, please let us know by contacting us on social media. 

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