As the leading chimney cleaning service in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Above All Chimneys knows what you need to do to avoid fireplace disasters in your home. In our last blog post, we outlined a few tips to help you prepare your fireplace and chimney for the fires you will have during the fall — but even once your fireplace is prepared for action, there are still other safety considerations to keep in mind while having a fire inside of your home! Let’s take a look at three ways to be as safe as possible before, during, and after you enjoy a fire.
Make Sure the Flue is Open
This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many homeowners and their families forget this crucial step. The flue is what allows air (and smoke) to enter and exit your home through the chimney, and it can be opened by flipping a lever inside of your fireplace. The first thing you should do EVERY TIME you have a fire in the fireplace is to check to see if the flue is open!
Clean Out Ash After Using
So, you know what to do before the fire — but what about after it’s done burning? Instead of simply piling more wood onto the burnt ashes in your fireplace, you should clean out all of the old ash that was left behind by the fire. Just make sure that the ashes are not burning — or even hot, for that matter — before you throw them in the trash!
Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
Now that we’ve covered what to do before and after a fire, let’s talk about a key safety measure that you must account for during the fire — you must keep a fire extinguisher on standby at all times during fireplace season. If you want to be as safe as possible, keep the fire extinguisher close to the fireplace (but not too close), as this is where it will be most needed during the colder months.
Another way to keep your home safe during fireplace season is to keep your chimney clean! If you need help with chimney cleaning near Bucks County, PA, reach out to Above All Chimneys to schedule an appointment with our team.