Chimney, Fireplace & Furnace
Have your chimney
inspected annually and cleaned if necessary and be sure to open the flue
for adequate ventilation when using the fireplace.
Do not use flammable liquids to
start or accelerate any fire.
Do not use excessive amounts of
paper to build a roaring fire. It is possible to ignite creosote
(a by-product of wood fires) in the chimney.
Always use a fire
screen and burn only materials appropriate for
fireplaces, such as seasoned hardwood.
If using manufactured
fire logs, read and follow the directions on the package. Never break the logs or use more than one
log at a time.
Never burn trash or
paper in a fireplace. Burning paper can float up
your chimney and land on your roof or in your yard.
Add wood to
fireplaces carefully; sparks can fly into the room
while the screen is open.
NEVER close your damper with hot
ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire heat
up again and force carbon monoxide into the house.
Always use a metal mesh screen.
Clear the area around the hearth
of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
Remove ashes from the
grate by placing them in a metal container.
Keep firewood stacked
outdoors and away from your home.
Bring in only as much
wood as you need for one evening.
Make sure you have a
mesh screen spark arrester covering your chimney to prevent hot ember from landing on your roof or on
your neighbor’s roof.
obstructions like bird nests inside the chimney or tree branches
hanging above the chimney.
Benefits of a Natural
Replacing your wood-burning fireplace
with a clean-burning natural gas fireplace, fireplace insert or gas log can
increase the value of your home and serve as a good source of extra heat.
They also eliminate messy ash build-up, dangerous creosote in chimneys and
sparks or flying embers.
Other Heating Safety Tips
Have your furnace
checked and cleaned regularly by a qualified
Check to be sure all
furnace automatic controls and emergency shutoffs
are in good working condition.
Keep space heaters at
least three feet (1meter) away from furniture,
bedding, walls, clothing and other things that can