There’s nothing better than relaxing in front of a cozy fire after the day’s work ends, or on cold days!  Gas and wood burning fireplaces are designed to furnish years of comfort and leisure.  However, there are several things to consider that allow your fireplace the chance to work properly.

Wood burning fireplaces require preventive maintenance, such as being inspected and cleaned annually.  Chimney sweeps inspect and clean the chimney as necessary by removing creosote and leaves, branches, or nests.

Common sense tips on use of a wood fireplace include:

  • Make sure area around fireplace is clear of potentially flammable materials, i.e., newspapers, books and furniture.  A good rule of thumb is two feet away.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Use a fireplace grate.
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires.  Open the damper.
  • Do not leave smoking embers unattended.
  • Never put wrapping paper, plastic items, or other things in the fire that could create toxic chemicals in the smoke.
  • Be careful handling partially burning wood, use proper fireplace tools.
  • Be sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.

If you have a gas fireplace, remember:

  • Clean the glass.
  • Check the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector.
  • Be sure the vents are able to do their job and are not obstructed.
  • The fan and related air circulation passages must be kept clean.
  • Adjust millivolt output.

All gas fireplaces need to be installed by qualified technicians.  This is essential to the proper performance and safety of a hearth product and its venting system.  Serious consequences can occur if a hearth creation doesn’t do its job correctly.

Without proper care and maintenance, fireplaces can cause disastrous results.  Fire departments and businesses that sell fireplaces can help answer any questions you may have, ensuring the safety of your home and family, and letting you enjoy the warm pleasure a fireplace brings.