Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces — December 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Safety Tips for Wood Burning Fireplaces

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When dealing with fire you can never be too safe. Here are a few tips on how to safely enjoy the warmth of a wood burning fireplace:

Recent installation of a Heatilator wood burning fireplace, cherry oak mantle and marble surround.

— Don’t use too much paper to build a fire.
— Never burn charcoal indoors; it can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
— Keep flammable materials away from the mantle.
— Before you go to sleep, be sure a fire is out.
— Never break a synthetic log apart or use more than one at a time; they often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.
— Never close the damper with hot ashes in the fireplace; it could cause the fire to heat up and force carbon monoxide into the house.
— If you leave ashes in the fireplace, make sure there’s a metal screen or glass partition in place.
— If you scoop ashes, put them in a metal container and place it well away from the house. Embers can remain hot enough to start a fire as long as a day later.

Happy New Years!

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