Your fireplace is going to be very busy over the holiday season, providing warmth and a cozy atmosphere throughout the home. But, before you enjoy a crackling fire this winter, you should make certain your fireplace is up for the task with these vital safety tips, courtesy of Grand River Natural Stone.
The holiday season brings joy, laughter, and warmth, often accompanied by a cozy fire in the fireplace. However, it’s essential to follow safety guidelines to ensure the festivities aren’t ruined by an accident. Here are our top five fireplace safety tips for the holiday season:
Chimney caps not only prevent critters and debris from blocking your chimney, but they also keep embers and sparks from escaping and landing on your roof. Make sure it’s secure and in good condition.
While it’s tempting to decorate the fireplace with stockings and ornaments, it’s important to maintain a safe distance. Only hang stockings on the mantel when the fireplace is not in use, and relocate them before you light a fire. Keep other flammable decorations well away from the hearth area.
Mesh gates can prevent curious pets or young children from getting too close to the fire. Ensure the gate is sturdy and high enough that it can’t be easily toppled or climbed over.
Before removing and disposing of ashes, ensure they’ve completely cooled. This can take several hours, or even up to a day. Store ashes in a metal container with a tight lid, far away from your house or any flammable materials.
Glass or metal fireplace doors provide an extra layer of protection, preventing sparks from escaping into the room. Always remember to close them once your fire is established, and only open them when adding more wood.
By keeping these safety tips in mind, you can enjoy the crackling fire and holiday cheer with peace of mind. Happy holidays!
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