Keep Fireplace Safety A Priority

November 22nd, 2007 by jeff

We live in Colorado. Even though it was in the 60’s yesterday, the ground was covered in snow this morning. We know for sure – winter is here! And that means it is time to get fireplaces ready for the winter season. With a little bit of maintenance and some fireplace safety tips, you and your family can safely enjoy the warmth and beauty of a fire on those cold winter nights.

Before lighting your first fire, have your fireplace checked out by a professional. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure that creosote has not built up in the chimney from last year’s fires. You can find a certified chimney sweep in your area just by entering your zip code on the Chimney Safety Institute of America website.

Even if you have a vented or ventless gas fireplace, it is a good idea to have that inspected every few years as well, to make sure that gas connections like the thermocouple are tight and secure. Most plumbers can inspect your fireplace; ServiceMagic.com can also help you find a contractor in your area.

Use a fireplace screen that is larger than the firebox opening, to prevent any sparks or burning embers from escaping a crackling fire. Fireplace screens come in a variety of styles and designs from simple one panel mesh screens to great tempered stain glass screens featuring the logo of your favorite college or pro teams.

Choose seasoned wood that was cut at least one year ago, and do not burn stuff like magazines, wrapping paper or cardboard boxes. Never burn charcoal in your fireplace because it produces carbon monoxide.

Finally, make sure that your fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. One other way to play it safe is to keep the fireplace screen in front of the fireplace even after the fire is out, just in case one sneaky little ember remains. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for a little extra peace of mind.

Fireplaces are a wonderful addition to any home, guaranteed to provide hours of peace and snuggles in front of gently dancing flames. By keeping things safe as well, you will enjoy your fireplace forever.

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Fireplace Accessories Online

September 29th, 2007 by jeff

Fireplaces can be the center of our room, even our home. This blog is dedicated to making the most of your fireplace, from designing and decorating to enjoying it every day of the year. Here you’ll find information on choosing gas logs, selecting a fireplace mantel, picking a fireplace screen or tool set, taking care of your fireplace, and even ideas to use during the summer when it is too warm for a fire.

We look forward to sharing each idea with you, as well as information on special sales or deals that can help you save money on your fireplace. So whether you are looking for the right fireplace mantle or candelabra, we’ll do our best to help you find just what you are searching for.

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