Fireplace Safety Tips
As the temperatures drop, many Texans will light their fireplace for warmth. This seemingly simple and routine task, however, could be potentially dangerous. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 75 percent of confined home heating fires occur in the chimney and flue of your fireplace. A home fire can be devastating, so it’s essential to prioritize fireplace maintenance and safety in your home.
To ensure your family and your home stay safe, Rising Star Insurance Group has put together a list of simple fireplace maintenance and safety practices for your fireplace.
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Keep it clear. Clear out any debris from the fireplace and keep all flammable items, such as furniture, blankets and papers, a safe distance away at all times.
Start the fire safely. Never burn charcoal or use lighter fluid to light the fire in your fireplace. Both can create deadly fumes and the potential for an explosion.
Don’t overload the fire. Overloading—which entails putting in more wood, paper and other ignitable materials in the fire than necessary—can cause the walls or roof of your home to overheat. With this in mind, be sure to avoid this dangerous practice.
Install detection devices. It’s worth it to take extra precautions to keep your family safe from potential fireplace hazards. Specifically, if you burn fires often, consider installing new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. That way, you will be able to detect fire hazards as quickly as possible and minimize any household damages.
Keep children and pets 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. In addition, consider installing a gate around the fireplace to prevent kids and pets from getting too close.
Rising Star Insurance Group is here to help you keep your home safe and protected with the right home insurance solutions for you. For more home safety guidance and homeowners insurance solutions, contact us today.