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Reducing Fire Hazards

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Enjoying fires in your fireplace comes with some responsibilities for safety reasons. Knowing how to reduce fire hazards is very important and can even save your life. At Magic Sweep, safety is our top priority, and we feel strongly about educating our customers on fireplace safety. To help you and your family stay safe this winter, we would like to share some safety tips that can help you reduce any possible fire hazards in your home.

Have your chimney professionally swept and inspected every year.

Maintenance is key when reducing fire hazards, and the most important fireplace and chimney maintenance task is scheduling an appointment with Magic Sweep once a year for our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweeps to clean and inspect your chimney. Our professional service will reduce your risk for chimney fires because we will ensure the complete removal of the highly flammable creosote from the inside of your chimney. We will also reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by inspecting your chimney for any blockages and other damage.

Only burn seasoned firewood in your fireplace.

For the best fires, Magic Sweep strongly recommends you use seasoned firewood, which is wood that has been allowed to dry for at least six months after it has been cut. You should also never burn treated or painted wood as the fumes can be very hazardous. We also want to warn you against using liquid fire starters or accelerants as these can cause a fire to quickly become out of control.

Be sure the damper is open completely before starting a fire.

This mistake can happen to the best of us. You will definitely know very quickly if you forgot to open the damper before starting a fire because smoke will rush into the room. You should also keep the damper open until the fire has been extinguished to reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Keep the area surrounding your fireplace clear of any flammable items.

You will want to keep furniture, rugs, curtains, and any other combustible items at least six feet away from the fireplace when a fire is burning. Hot embers and sparks can jump from the fireplace to ignite an accidental fire, so keeping that area clear greatly reduces fire hazards.

Install a mesh metal screen in front of your fireplace.

To protect your children and pets, a metal fireplace screen can easily be installed. This screen will keep curious kids and animals from getting too close to the fire, and it can also keep the hot embers we just mentioned inside your fireplace as well.
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Want more fire safety tips? Contact us at Magic Sweep to learn how you can safely enjoy fires this winter.