13 Must-Do 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.
Fireplace Safety Check
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Check for Cracks
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Check the Damper
Check for Creosote Buildup
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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.
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.
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Choose the Right Wood
Not interested in wood but still want a fire? Learn how to install a gas fireplace.
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Keep the Fire Small
Cutting your own wood for a fire? Follow these Chain Saw Safety Tips.
Circulate the Air
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