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Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Using a Fireplace

Post by : dminCMC


Many homes across the US have fireplaces in the living rooms to keep the family warm during the chilly winter months. While a fireplace is undoubtedly an asset for a home, there are also certain safety tips you should keep in mind if you wish to operate your fireplace safely.

Keeping your chimney clean, for starters, is essential to endure fireplace safety. If you require chimney cleaning or repair services, you can reach out to our chimney sweep in Wethersfield, CT.

Here are the top safety tips you should follow if you have a fireplace at home.

1. Get creosote deposits cleaned out of the chimney flue

Creosote is a flammable and carcinogenic chemical that coats the inside of chimney flues. It is a by-product of wood-burning fires.

Having excess creosote deposits in the chimney flue increases the risk of home fires. Since creosote is also toxic when inhaled, it poses a health risk for everyone in the family.

If creosote deposits are clogging your chimney flue, you can book an appointment for professional chimney cleaning in New Britain, CT.

2. Use dry firewood

You should always use dry firewood to make a fire at home. The more moisture there is in your firewood, the ‘dirtier’ the fire will be. By that, we mean that younger firewood that still contains high levels of moisture releases more noxious gases and ash when it is being burned.

3. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

You should get smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for the home. These will alert you if the levels of toxic carbon monoxide become too high. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious medical issue.

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Book an appointment for chimney cleaning in Wethersfield, CT

Keeping your chimney flue clean will improve ventilation and prevent home fires. At Creative Masonry & Chimney, we are a masonry, fireplace, and chimney sweep contractor based in Central Connecticut.

Our services include chimney restoration, chimney repointing, chimney rebuilding, chimney waterproofing, and chimney leak repairs for Connecticut homeowners. All our chimney sweeps are CSIA certified.

To book an appointment or to ask questions about our services, call us at (860) 225-9178. We can also be reached via email at