Fireplace Safety

December 30, 2018 - by Rakesh Chopra MD - in Health

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Everyone enjoys gathering around the fireplace especially during the holidays. While you’re keeping yourself jolly and warm, remember these fireplace safety tips:

  • Keep a window cracked
  • Use dry or well-aged wood. Dry wood burns with less smoke and burns more easily
  • Have the chimney checked annually by a professional
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear from anything that is potentially flammable
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Before leaving the house or going to bed, make sure the fire is completely out
  • Install safety screens to reduce the risk of burns
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of children’s reach. Remove any lighters or matches
  • Check to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Communicate to your children at an early age of the danger of fires and what safety precautions to take

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