There is nothing better than sitting in front of a cozy fireplace on a cold winter night in West Hartford, CT. However, the benefits of enjoying a warm fire come with a variety of responsibilities. One of the most common causes of house fires is the unsafe use of a fireplace, so it is important to ensure the fireplace is safe for use. StateChoice offers the following safety tips to help keep your family safe this winter while you enjoy the warmth of a fire.
Use a Fireplace Grate
Although concrete is an extremely durable surface, if it is exposed to fire over a prolonged period of time, it may get damaged. Fireplace grates are designed to give you better protection from the fireplace by reducing the direct heat of the fire on the floor. Not only will this help to extend the heat, but can also lengthen the life of the fireplace, saving you money on repairs.
Closing the Damper
The embers in a fireplace can remain hot for as long as two days after the fire is extinguished. Even if you do not have a fire burning, it is important to leave the damper open to help prevent carbon monoxide from remaining in your home. It is also critical that you remember to never leave a fire unattended.
Cleaning Out the Ashes
After the fire is extinguished you should allow the ashes to cool down for at least 24-hours before you remove them from the fireplace. Always store the ashes outside of the house and in a non-combustible container until you can properly and safely dispose of them.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent the risk of a house fire resulting from the fireplace is to have a yearly inspection. Yearly maintenance and professional inspections will allow you to know ahead of time if there is a problem, including the chimney cap that should be replaced or if the flue is damaged. A clean chimney can help prevent fire damage and costly repairs.
Residents of West Hartford, CT interested in reviewing the current homeowner’s insurance policy, upgrading their policy or purchasing a home, auto or other insurance should contact StateChoice.