With summer officially over, fall is now at the forefront of everyone's mind. But before we hit those crisp Autumn days where you're ready to light up your fireplace, it's critical that you prepare your hearth using the following safety tips.
1. Keep it clear. During the warmer months when a fireplace isn't used, it's not unusual for everyday items such as books, furniture, decor or toys to pile up nearby. As fireplace season approaches, make sure all combustibles are the required distance away, according to your particular unit.
2. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Fireplaces, inserts and stoves are very popular heating appliances. Homeowners with these features should take precautions such as changing batteries and checking detectors to ensure they are functioning properly.
3. Fire it up. Now is a great time to light your fireplace and test your pilot light to see if it's working.
4. Let it cool down after each use. As is to be expected, fireplaces reach extremely high temperatures while operating and can take several hours to cool down. Allow your fireplace sufficient time to cool before adjusting logs or leaving it unsupervised.
5. Don't forget about your annual maintenance. Keeping your fireplace in good working order is easiest when left to the professionals. Call us today to book your appointment.