13 Steps to Make Sure Your Wood-Burning Fireplace is Safe and Ready for Winter
While a wood-burning fireplace adds warmth and comfort to a home during the colder months, safety should always be top of mind. Check out these tips to learn how to work a fireplace.
Fireplace Safety Check
Check for Cracks
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Check the Damper
Check for Creosote Buildup
Clean Out the Ashes
But you may want to keep a few ashes around to help build a fire in your fireplace.
Be aware that coals can remain hot for up to three days, which can become a fire hazard if they come in contact with flammable materials. Here are more tips on How to Prevent Home Fires.
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Problems can include creosote buildup, debris in the chimney (such as birds or nests) or a closed or partially closed damper. Also, if your home is tightly sealed for energy conservation, opening a window a little bit can provide the intake air needed to make the smoke go up the chimney.
Choose the Right Wood
Not interested in wood but still want a fireplace fire? Learn how to install a gas fireplace.
Keep the Fire Small
Cutting your own wood for a fire? Follow these Chain Saw Safety Tips.