Winter season it’s on its way and the more we think about it, the more we like the idea of sparking up the logs of our fireplace, but before you do that you need to remember one thing, one of the most common accidents in households during winter involve fireplaces, that’s why we want to provide you with a list of four safety tips to prepare your fireplace for winter, so you can sit back and relax when the cold season begins, so here they are:
1. Sweep your fireplace
Most homeowners don’t think how much a yearly sweep can help prevent fires, but this is actually a must with all fireplaces. With a good sweep you’ll get rid of all the debris that can cause a fire to get out of control, so make sure you hire the right experts to do this.
2. Only burn hardened wood
Chemically there is no difference between one type of wood and another, but what you really want to look up for is density and moisture. Moisture and density affect the behavior of the fire. Make sure you burn dense hardwoods to have more control of the fire. Oak and maple are a good option, but burn them only if they’ve been stored in a dry place for six months or more.
3. Install a fireplace door
As we said before, most accidents that happen during winter season involve fire. There is no reason to put your family at risk when there’s a very simple solution to prevent accidents from happening. Install a good fireplace door, it will make your fireplace safe for everyone and will also enhance the look of your living area.
4. Don’t overload your fireplace
Burning less wood will produce less creosote build up, and will also generate less smoke. If you overload your fireplace and make a large fire you can also crack your fireplace, which can result in expensive restorations and other problems.