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Fireplace Safety Tips

By December 20, 2012April 16th, 2019No Comments

Happy holidays from everyone here at Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance! 

We decided ending the year with a blog post about fire safety tips that we learned from Safeco. Below are 6 tips for fireplace safety. 

1. Open the damper 
Forgetting this first step is a rookie mistake. Only close it after the ashes are cold to the touch. 

2. Burn seasoned wood 
Sappy wood produces more smoke and creosote.

3. Start it hot
Building a large, hot fire at the beginning cleans out creosote. 

4. Block the sparks
A fire screen and fire rug in front of the hearth reduces the risk of sparks flying into the room. 

5. Move the flammables
The tinder and wood should be stored off to the side, set up the Christmas tree across the room, and move the stockings off of the mantle. 

6. Watch it closely
Do not leave, or go to bed, while the fire is burning or the ashes are smoldering.

Thank you for reading our blog and spending the year with us.