If you own a fireplace, it is important to be aware of the many precautions involved with handling fires. Keeping one’s home and family safe should be the number one priority in any household and learning how to properly handle any potentially dangerous situation is vital. Fire can easily get out of control and the risk of this occurring increases dramatically when fireplaces are being used improperly. Study up on some of these safety tips to help ensure that you are being as safe as possible throughout this holiday season.
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to get your fireplace and chimney inspected at least once per year by a professional. A professional will know every spot to check and will get out any excess debris and creosote with the use of proper tools and chemicals. They also will be able to note any damages or potential hazards that should be addressed.
2. Never leave the fireplace unattended.
Always have someone around observing the fire and making sure things are under control. If you plan to leave or go to bed, make sure that the fire is completely out before doing so. Any number of unexpected things could occur when a fire is lit and having someone nearby helps ensure that any dangerous surprises will be addressed as soon as possible.
3. Use proper wood-burning techniques.
Make sure the wood you use is properly seasoned, and be sure to study up on the appropriate ways to light and build a fire. Clear away anything that may be flammable before lighting the fire and keep these objects far from the fireplace. Also, make sure you have all of the appropriate tools needed to maintain a fire and educate yourself on how to use them properly.
In the event of a fire…
- Stay low and crawl as quickly as possible to the safest exit. Inhaling smoke is toxic to your body and could keep you from getting out safely.
- If there is smoke coming through the door that you intend to use or if the doorknob is hot, keep that exit closed and find an alternative way out.
- If a person or pet is trapped, tell firefighters right away. They will know the best possible routes to take to get them out and have the protective outerwear and tools necessary to access them.
- If you or someone else catches on fire, use the stop, drop, and roll method until the flames go out. If this does not work, smother the flames with some sort of heavy cloth, like a blanket, towel, or curtain.
These tips will help you succeed in keeping your home safe. It is never too late to re-educate yourself on proper fireplace maintenance, so study up on fire safety consistently to ensure that you and your family knows what to do, should anything dangerous occur. At Home Safe Hearth & Chimney Inc., we have all the tools you need to prepare your fireplace for proper use. Give us a call today!