13 Steps on How to Use a Fireplace Safely
While a wood-burning fireplace adds warmth and comfort to a home during the colder months, safety should always be top of mind. Check out these tips to learn how to work a fireplace.
Fireplace Safety Check
Check Chimney for Cracks
Before that first fire of the season, check the chimney structure for cracks, loose bricks or missing mortar. You should also check your chimney liner for signs of deterioration. Cracks and spalling on the chimney exterior indicate chimney deterioration, so check your chimney crown or have a professional take a look.
Find a crack? Learn How to Repair Mortar Joints.
Check the Damper
Check for Creosote Buildup
Clean Out the Ashes
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Choose the Right Wood
Keep the Fire Small
Circulate the Air