Fireplace Heating Safety
At Chimney Sweep Minneapolis we understand how cold it gets in winter and how nice it is to sit by a nice fire and warm up. The frigid Minneapolis winters have temperatures that can fall as low as -11 degrees so having a wood burning fireplace is a nice way to warm your home and your family. When the temperatures dip into the negative it is important to make sure you are adhering to proper heating safety. The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following safety tips to keep your family safe and warm in the winter:
To keep everyone and everything safe when using a wood burning fireplace it is important to make sure you adhere to the three-foot-rule. The three-foot-rule means that you should keep anything that can burn at a minimum of three-feet away from the fireplace. The three-foot rule also applies to children and pets. Keeping a distance of three-feet creates a safety barrier where if a spark or ember should come out of the fireplace there will be nothing or no one close enough to catch on fire or be hurt. According to the National Fire Protection Association over 50% of deaths due to home heating fires were caused by flammable items being too close to heating equipment.
Before the cold frigid winter winds begin to blow it is vital to make sure you have your fireplace and chimney inspected by an expert. Dirty fireplaces and chimneys are a fire and health hazard for your family. It is also essential to make sure the structure of your chimney and fireplace are not compromised so having an expert inspect your chimney can keep both your family and home safe this winter.
It is essential to make sure you have a fireplace screen to help keep your home and family safe from sparks and embers that may come out of the chimney. During the burning process, it is possible for hot embers and coals to pop and fly out of the fireplace, by having a firescreen these are contained and can prevent floors and furnishings from catching on fire and children and pets from being burned.
It is essential to make sure you have smoke alarms in your home and that you test them at least once a month. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death and should be used and maintained all year long.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
It is essential to make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector if you have a fireplace in your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless toxic gas that is the by-product of combustion. For maximum protection, it is vital to place carbon monoxide detectors in the hallway near all sleeping areas.
By adhering to simple safety rules regarding your fireplace, you can keep both your home and your family safe and warm this winter. According to the National Fire Protection Association over 48% of all home heating fires occurred in the winter months (December-February), and the leading cause of home heating fires was a failure to clean chimneys. At Chimney Sweep Minneapolis we want to make sure everyone is safe and warm during the frigid winter months, if you have any questions regarding your fireplace or chimney, please feel free to call (952) 234-8777 and speak with one of our expert staff members.