Close your eyes and imagine a cool fall night. The kids are In bed and you are curled up by the fireplace with a warm cup of hot cocoa. You would not be able to enjoy this moment if you did not prepare your fireplace this summer. Luckily, you read this post and you are fully prepared with fire safety tips and fireplace maintenance. Here are our six easy tips for you to thoroughly enjoy your fireplace this autumn.
Tip No. 1: Never let your fire burn for longer than five hours. Some homeowners like to keep the fire going during the night, but this can be extremely dangerous for you and your loved ones. Keep your family safe by never leaving the fireplace unattended. Make sure that the flames are fully out before you leave your house or even the room.
Tip No. 2: Crack a window to let some of the fire’s smoke out of the house.
Tip No. 3: Invest in a chimney cap to prevent animals from creating nests in your chimney and it will help prevent water build up and even potential water damage.
Tip No. 4: Make sure to clean your fireplace’s glass doors. Wait until the doors are cool to the touch then using a blade, scrape off the build-up on the doors into a bowl. Afterward, mix together a teaspoon of dish detergent with a cup of warm water and wipe down the glass doors.
Tip No.5: Always get your chimney inspected. Never skip a chimney inspection and make sure to schedule them at least once a year, it can save a life.
Tip No. 6 Clean out your firebox weekly to remove all of the ashes. You will want to leave 1 inch of ash though to provide a natural insulation for your fireplace. After you are done using your fireplace for the season, you will want to clean out the entire firebox. Remove all the ashes and discard them safely.
We hope you enjoyed these quick tips and stay safe while using your fireplace. If you are looking to update your fireplace, we provide a wide selection of tile that would finish off your fireplace perfectly. Stop in today for more information.