Home Is Where the Hearth Is
(HealthDay News) -- Keeping your fireplace clean and running
efficiently can help reduce the risk of a house fire.
The U.S. Fire Administration offers these suggestions:
- Each year, have a certified chimney specialist clean and
inspect your fireplace and chimney.
- Make sure the hearth area is free of debris, decorations and
any flammable materials.
- While a fire is burning, always leave glass doors open to
ensure the fire has enough air to prevent creosote buildup in the
chimney. Close the doors when the fire has burned out.
- If your fireplace does not have a glass door, always use a mesh
screen in front of your fire.
- Use a stovepipe thermometer to make sure that flue temperature
- Always open air inlets on wood stoves and make sure they have
adequate air supply.
- Walls around fireplaces should be made with fire-resistant
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