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Having a fireplace in the house can be quite an exciting experience for children, especially during the winter months. Having a log burning through the end-of-year holiday season while the family sits around it will make for great memories.
Of course, there will also be concerns about keeping the children safe around a blazing fire. Follow these safety tips to keep yourself and your kids safe with the fireplace.
One thing that you may not notice but could be a problem for children is insufficient airflow in the house when the fireplace is lit.
For starters, you should always keep a window, or two popped open while the fires are burning. Another thing you can do is ensure the dampers and flue are fully open and that they stay open until a little after all the embers completely burn out. This ensures the movement of any poisonous gas or smoke out of the house and keeps you and your children breathing fresher air inside the house.
You should install a carbon monoxide detector, as well as a smoke detector, inside of your house. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can be hard to notice without the detectors installed. It is extremely harmful to any living creature, especially little children. Excessive exposure to the gas can be fatal, but even smaller amounts of exposure can cause complications in organ function or cause damage to the brain. Carbon Monoxide is mostly produced from wood not burning properly. Avoid using wet or green wood and avoid putting out fires by throwing water on top of it.
Getting regular cleanings and inspections done for your chimney will help keep everyone in your house safe. The two biggest dangers of having chimneys are the possibility of a collapse or a chimney fire starting. Repair and maintenance work are required a minimum of once every year. However, if your fireplace usage is more regular, you may need maintenance twice or thrice in the year. Ensuring proper working conditions for your chimney will keep you and your family safe.
With summer around the corner, now is the best time to schedule maintenance work for your chimney and fireplace. Our team at Creative Masonry and Chimney provide free quotes with our chimney inspection services. We also specialize in masonry repair, fireplace repair, and chimney repair services in CT.