Fireplace Safety

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Fireplace Safety

With the chillier weather, more and more folks are putting their fireplaces to good use. And honestly? We totally get it. A cozy fire adds warmth, comfort, and ambiance—what more would you want during a November in New England?

More use, however, means more risk of fire hazards. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 75% of confined home heating fires occur in the chimney and flue of your fireplace. Read our fireplace safety tips below to keep your fireplace ready to go this season!

Before Starting the Fire

Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly, and always keep a fire extinguisher close by.


Keep it Clear

Clear out any debris from the fireplace and keep all flammable items like furniture, blankets, and papers a safe distance away at all times.


Inspect the Chimney

Have a certified chimney specialist inspect and clean your chimney annually to reduce the risk of fire hazards and carbon monoxide buildup.


Start the Fire Safely

Never burn charcoal or use lighter fluids to light the fire in your home, as they can cause deadly fumes and the potential for explosion.


Don’t Overload the Fire

Overloading—which entails putting in more wood, paper, and other ignitable materials in the fire than necessary—can overheat the walls or roof of your home. Be sure to avoid overloading.


Keep Children Away from the Fireplace

Educate children about the dangers of fire to deter their curiosity and encourage them to keep a safe distance from the fireplace. Consider installing a gate around the fireplace to keep kids from getting too close.


Put it Out!

Always make sure the fire is completely out in the fireplace before leaving your home or going to bed for the evening.


With these tips, you can rest assured that you are doing what you can to keep your home safe. So go ahead – cozy up with your favorite tea, blanket, and book! Be sure to give SAVA’s Facebook page a like for more tips like these!

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