Fireplace Safety Tips

Personal LinesFireplaces are an appealing characteristic that homeowners desire when searching for their perfect home. Cozying up by a fire on a cold winter night brings comfort during a harsh season. This might be a perk but a lot of people do not realize the responsibility that comes along with having a fireplace. Follow these five tips to ensure that you are keeping the fire where it belongs:

  1. Have your chimney professionally inspected once a year to determine if it needs to be cleaned.
  2. Install a chimney cap on top of the stack to prevent debris or animals from blocking the chimney flue.
  3. Double check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and have a fire extinguisher handy.
  4. Make sure that there are no flammable materials by the chimney; this includes carpet, paper, blankets and curtains.
  5. Clean out the ashes from the hearth of your fireplace after each fire. This will help increase the life of your fireplace.

Following these steps could prevent a house fire and the costly price of replacing parts of a chimney. To learn more about fireplace safety and preventable homeowners’ claims, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.

Source: NFPA

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