There’s nothing quite like curling up by the fireplace to keep warm during the Autumn and Winter seasons, but it’s crucial to know how to use them in a responsible manner to avoid potential safety hazards. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your family and your home safe this hearth season.
1. Get a safety barrier. Since January 1st, 2015, all new gas fireplaces and fireplace heaters that vent outside began requiring a protective barrier. These safety barriers prevent people from coming into direct contact with the glass front of the fireplace, which can reach up to 1000° F and leave serious burns. Investing in a safety gate or screen is key in preventing injuries.
2. Let it cool down. Heating appliances reach extremely high temperatures while operating and can take several hours to cool down. Allow your fireplace sufficient time before adjusting logs or tampering with it.
3. Keep it clear. Any items that are combustible have the ability to start a fire in your home if it’s close enough to a fireplace. Keep any flammable items at least 3 feet away from your fireplace.
4. Supervise. Curiosity often gets the best of children, as well as pets. Keep an eye on those that are unaware of fireplace safety. This may include keeping remote controls out of reach for kids.
5. Don’t forget about the annual maintenance. It’s important to schedule a fireplace service appointment on a yearly basis to ensure that your fireplace is ready for action. For a full list of what we check during a Fireplace Service Call, see below.
Don’t get left out in the cold, schedule your Annual Fireplace Service Call today! Have the professionals stop by to ensure that your fireplace is ready for Fall! During a Fireplace Service call, we will do the following as necessary:
• Light the pilot light
• Check & clean the burner
• Adjust the ignition
• Inspect & clean the glass front
• Replace embers
• Inspect fireplace accessories, gas line, venting, & electrical
• Clean & adjust log placement
• Touch-up paint