Regular use of the fireplace during winters can lead to buildups and blockages in your chimney that can reduce its utility. However, you can increase your chimney's longevity by taking advantage of expert tips provided by Stateline Chimney Sweeps LLC.
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Safety Tips and Advice for Your Chimney
Chimney Safety Institute of America reported and average of over 22,000 chimney related fires a year to include 20 deaths. Regular use of the fireplace during winters can lead to creosote buildups and blockages in your chimney that will restrict smoke or ultimately cause a chimney fire. However, to avoid potential chimney fire, have a “peace of mind” for you and your family, and increase your chimney’s longevity by taking advantage of expert tips provided by Stateline Chimney Sweeps.
Get your chimney inspected and cleaned by a qualified professional before each heating season or a good rule of thumb is to clean/inspect every 70+ fires
Make sure you are burning seasoned fire wood! If you burn “wet wood" you may flood your home with smoke or build up heavy creosote
Make sure that the damper is open so that the smoke can escape
Keep flammable supplies at least three feet away from the fireplace
Place a fireplace screen in front of the fireplace opening
Use a heavy duty grate to avoid logs rolling out of the fireplace during burning use
Test your smoke detectors and install fresh batteries
Install a carbon monoxide detector in public areas like hallways on each floor of your home
Never burn colored paper such as those in magazines or wrapping paper in the fireplace
Don’t burn plastics or painted, stained or treated wood as the fumes are poisonous
Don’t use your fireplace as an incinerator to burn pizza boxes, Christmas trees or stacks of paper or cardboard
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