Fireplace Safety Tips
Before purchasing your new fireplace and lighting your first fire of the season, the Warm Hearth Heating Center asks that you please consider these fireplace safety tips for your own safety and the safety of others around you.
- Don't leave fires unattended and make sure they're completely out before going to sleep or leaving.
- Keep children and pets away from the fireplace.
- Don't keep potentially flammable materials near the fireplace. Keeping furniture at least two feet away is always a safe rule to remember.
- Have a fire extinguisher on-hand and have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed. Ensure they're functioning properly through preventative maintenance.
- Have your chimney inspected on an annual basis by a certified professional to ensure there are not any unsafe obstructions or creosote build-ups lurking inside.
- Always clean out the fireplace once the ashes have had a chance to cool down - don't leave ashes from previous fires inside it.
- Use a fire screen and a fireplace grate when the fireplace is in use and the proper tools to tend to the fire. Arrange the fireplace so logs can't roll out.
- Keep glass doors open during a fire and always remember to build safe fires.
- Don't ever burn a Christmas tree or other unsafe materials including newspapers, charcoal, plastics, and gasoline in your fireplace. For example, coloured newspaper comics may release toxic gases from their lead.
- Ensure your fireplace is installed properly by a certified professional.