Fri, 30 Sep 2011 by Grayhawk Homes
With the arrival of fall weather, it will soon be time to enjoy some cozy fires at home. Fireplace safety is important to protect your home and family during the fall and winter seasons. Grayhawk Homes, building new home in Phenix City, AL have compiled a quick list of fall fireplace safety tips.
- Annual inspection – it is best to have your fireplace inspected and cleaned every year whether you hire a professional or inspect it yourself. If you attempt to inspect your chimney and it appears black or furry, it is time to have it professionally cleaned. It is highly recommended that you opt for a certified specialist to do the job for you. If you live in a new home in Phenix City, AL then mark your calendar to schedule your first inspection for next fall.
- Fireplace cap – add or replace damaged caps to avoid birds and rodents from entering your home. Not only will you keep unwanted guests out of your home, but also avoid nests that are flammable and dangerous.
- Remove flammable items – clear the area around your fireplace from flammable materials, rugs and decorations. Sparks can easily escape and cause a fire right on your family room floor.
- Seasoned hardwood – make sure you use the best fire wood to avoid build up in your chimney.
- Keep an eye on fires – never leave a fire unattended and make sure it is completely extinguished before you leave your home or go to bed.
- Placement of firewood - Add logs to the back of your fireplace on a stable grate to avoid logs rolling out into your home and flammable carpet.
- Protect children – childproof your fireplace with a guard or gate to keep your children away from the fire and prevent injuries.
- Flammable liquids – never start a fire in your fireplace with flammable liquids.
- Smoke alarms – check batteries each season in your smoke detectors and test them monthly. Add alarms to each floor in your home paying close attention to add alarms near bedrooms.