Fireplace Safety Tips

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage RECO Reg# 4325734

fireWood burning or Gas fireplaces are designed to provide years of comfort,warmth & relaxation for you and your family.To ensure they do their job,fireplaces require maintenance and proper operation.The weather is changing and with winter just around the corner,there are a few important fireplace safety tips to remember 

  • Have the chimney inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a professional chimney sweep to ensure it's clear of obstructions
  •  Have a cap installed at the top of the chimney to avoid the possibility that debris or animals can block the chimney.
  • Install both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. (Make sure the batteries work.) 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. 
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of furniture, books, newspapers and other potentially flammable materials. (Two feet away is a good rule.) 
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires. Open the damper. 
  • Use a fireplace grate. 
  • Use fireplace tools to tend the fire.  
  • Always close the fire screen when in use. 
  • Never burn garbage, rolled newspapers, charcoal or plastic in the fireplace. 
  • Never use gasoline or any liquid accelerant to help start a fire. 
  • Keep small children and pets away from the fireplace. 
  • Never leave a fire unattended. 
  • Don't close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning. 
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. 
  • Never burn a Christmas tree in the fireplace. 
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Mark Hall
Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington
Elite Realty NW - Keller Williams, Vancouver Washington

Great tips and perfect timing. The season is almost here!

November 12, 2010 04:53 PM
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Marc Swartz
CPA, CA - Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario

Hi Chris - An excellent post now that people are starting to use fireplaces for late fall and winter.

November 13, 2010 12:38 AM
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.

Excellent pointers Chris, it may sound like common sense but it is amazing how many of these people actually do! Fireplaces still require the care of an open fire outside, just ask Smokey the Bear! 

November 14, 2010 08:39 AM
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Thank You Mark

November 14, 2010 12:17 PM
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Marc, we all tend to need these reminders of things we all probably know...

November 14, 2010 12:17 PM
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Chris Smith
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Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Al and Peggy, you know we all need these gentle reminders... we are not getting any younger ;-)

November 14, 2010 12:19 PM
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