Consider Fire Safety When Using Fireplaces

A fireplace makes a great focal point for a room but there are some safety elements you need to think carefully about. Visit our blog to find out more.

With winter still here, it’s understandable that you might be using your open fire more frequently at the moment, or that you’re considering installing new fireplaces in your home in Stafford.

Although a fireplace makes a great focal point for a room, not to mention being a good way of introducing a bit of extra warmth in the colder months of the year, there are some safety elements you need to think carefully about.

The Baltimore Sun recently shared advice on how to stay safe when using an open fire, and it’s worth refreshing your memory with the things you ought to be doing on a regular basis to keep you and the rest of your household safe.

Chimney fires are one of the most common issues if you burn wood, with the news provider explaining that as the fuel combusts, it releases a range of byproducts that flow up the chimney. Some of these can stick to the inner walls of the chimney creating a residue known as creosote.

This is highly flammable when there’s enough of it, which is why it’s so important to have your chimney cleaned every year, to remove the built up residue and ensure it’s safe to use come the winter. 

It’s recommended that you call in a chimney sweep in the autumn, before you’ve started using your fireplace properly, but it’s never too late to get someone to come and take a look at it - and clean it if necessary.

Other fire safety advice included keeping hot ashes well away from your home in a metal bucket until they’re completely cool and can be disposed of safely.

The Cleveland Fire Brigade has recently called on all homeowners to test their smoke alarms weekly, because these can be vital in giving you time to escape your home in the event of a fire, the Hartlepool Mail reported.


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