Here at Dawe’s, we’re all about safety, and every season brings another area of focus. In the summer, it’s all about pool and water safety. Now that the winter is here, fire and fireplace safety is absolutely important to think about and review.
Never leave a fireplace unattended when there are children in the house. Teach children the importance of fire safety how to enjoy the fire without hurting themselves or others. Make sure that children also respect the fire tools and equipment and never play with or near them.
Make sure that the fireplace and chimney have been properly cleaned and readied for the winter season. A certified chimney sweep should be called every year or every 80 fires-- whichever comes first.
Lay a non-flammable rug in front of the fireplace to avoid damage to your floor from errant sparks.
Know how to and use the proper equipment to tend to the fire. Never use your hands or other tools that aren’t specifically made for the fireplace.
Use a chimney cap to avoid water damage, nesting animals, and foreign objects. Blocked chimneys can result in a back-up of smoke and carbon monoxide. And that can spell danger for your family.
Keep matches and lighters out of reach for children. Set boundaries and expectations for how to respect these dangerous, but helpful, tools.
Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes-- no matter how easy it seems it would be. Coals can smolder and remain hot and alive for up to three days-- they could be in the ashes you want to vacuum up.
A fire extinguisher should be working, ready, and available in your home. Everyone in your family should know where it is and how to use it if needed.
A safe way to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fire during the season is to install a pellet stove. Interested in this environmentally friendly, economical, and safe heating feature? Give us a call or come on in-- we’d love to talk with you about your options!