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Fireplace Maintenance and Safety Tips

By: Danny Lipford

No matter what type of fireplace you have or what you choose to burn in that fireplace, it is very important to use a fireplace safely and know how to properly maintain it. Here are some fireplace safety tips to follow:

  1. Make sure that your fireplace is inspected annually by a professional chimney sweep. The chimney sweep who inspects your fireplace should be certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and as a fire inspector.
  2. Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned by a certified chimney sweep when there is a 1/4″ or more build up of creosote.
  3. Trim any branches near the chimney of your fireplace.
  4. Make sure there is a screen barrier around the top of the chimney on your fireplace to prevent birds and other wildlife from nesting on or in your chimney.
  5. Use a fire screen in front of the fireplace to contain embers and logs inside your fireplace and keep young children away.
  6. Never overload your fireplace to prevent logs from rolling out of your fireplace and starting a fire in your home.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    November 1st, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Glad we could help, Lucy. Tell your friends about these tips, please, and take care!

  • Lucy Tuazon Says:
    October 31st, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    I totally agree with having your fireplace inspected annually by someone professional. Winter is coming and this is the perfect time to have our chimney cleaned since it will be used more often. I’ll be sure to take all your tips and I’ll look for a chimney sweep company that’s certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Thanks!

  • K.Thorpe Says:
    December 13th, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I have been living in my home for over two years. In the basement of our home is a fireplace that uses natural gas. We have used our natural gas operated fireplace once over this period -the pilot light is always on it has never gone out. Our house
    furnace was serviced in October of 2016, it never occurred to me that I should have asked the service man about the fire place. Should I have our fireplace serviced ? How often and by whom.
    Thanks for your response – Karl

  • Lindy Salomon Says:
    October 2nd, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I have an electric fire place. Of course it has set dormant all summer. I live in a very dusty area and the fire place is centered between two book cases. I think I should pull the fire place out and dust behind it, before I use it. I am getting mixed opinions so I would really appreciate your opinion.
    Thank you,
    Lindy Salomon

  • diego Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 7:32 am

    could you send me some information about kerosene heater?
    or let me know how i can get information.
    I remenber the Coleman one but , dont know if they made anymore

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Fireplace Maintenance and Safety Tips