The holidays are past and we are well into January. So, it’s safe to say that we are deep into the cold winter season. For many people, there isn’t too much to look forward to for the next several months. However, your fireplace can change that way of thinking! Hold back on wishing for those warm, sunny summer months to get here quickly. Instead, plan to spend time cuddled up in front of a cozy, crackling fire. That being said, these plans can be turned upside down quickly. How? If you don’t take some time to make sure that you are running your fireplace safely and efficiently.

Chimney Fire

Probably the biggest fear of most fireplace owners is the fear of chimney fire. Fortunately, chimney fires can easily be avoided by following a few preventative steps. Of course, the easiest way to avoid this is also the most important! Always make sure that you have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis. In addition, inspected by qualified professionals, such as those at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service.
When we think of chimney fires, most people think of a roaring fire with billowing smoke rolling out of the chimney. In some cases, this is what happens. It might surprise you to know, however, that most chimney fires aren’t that dramatic. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, most chimney fires don’t get enough air. Also, don’t have enough fuel to burn fast enough to cause this kind of dramatic fire. Consequently, because the temperature is so high, they can cause structural damage to your chimney. This damage can only be diagnosed by a knowledgeable professional. As stated on the CSIA website, “Clean chimneys don’t catch fire.”

Burn the Right Wood

Different types of wood make for different types of fire. The Nationwide website tells us that different types of wood produce different types of fire. Whether you are going for a heat producing fire or a pleasant looking fire, it is important to always use well-seasoned wood. There are a couple of reasons for this: first, you will have a fire that produces less smoke this way, and second, you will have a fire that releases less creosote-causing particles into your chimney. And less creosote build-up means less chance for a chimney fire.

Preventative Measures

There are other ways to reduce fireplace hazards this winter. Keep any flammable materials, whether furniture, draperies, pillows and cushions, books, or toys, at a reasonable distance from the fireplace. These things could easily catch a spark and start a fire that can cause major destruction to your home. Also, make sure that your children have been properly trained in fireplace safety, and never leave small children alone in a room where there’s a fire burning. And make sure you never leave matches in a place where inquisitive children can reach them.

Who Can Help

These are just a few tips to reduce fire hazards while using your fireplace this winter. But if you have other questions or concerns, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call. The staff at Chim Cheroo is knowledgeable and helpful and will be able to answer all of your questions about fireplace safety. And while you have them on the phone, ask about scheduling your yearly inspection and cleaning!