Fire Free is the Way to Be: A Fireplace Guide

Follow these tips to stay warm and safe.

There are few things more relaxing on a cool night than sitting around a warm fireplace. Not only will your fireplace help to keep you warm and cozy, but it will also help to keep your energy bill low. Unfortunately, a roaring fire can also bring serious safety issues. To stay warm and safe this season, keep these fireplace home safety tips in mind:

  • Hire a professional to clean and inspect your chimney and fireplace at least once a year to ensure they are ready for the cold.
  • Make sure your chimney has a chimney cap on top to prevent animals or other debris from falling into your chimney.
  • Check all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly to keep your family safe.
  • Do not place any flammable items, such as furniture and curtains, around the fireplace area.
  • Clean out the ashes from all previous fires before lighting your next fire. Store the ashes in a metal container until you can properly dispose of them.
  • Always use a fireplace grate. The grate should be placed at the back of the fireplace. Always use a fire screen when a fire is lit.
  • Do not build too big of a fire in your fireplace. Smaller fires are much easier to handle and put out if something were to go wrong.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before you go to bed at the end of the night.

Investing in the right homeowners insurance policy will help to keep you and your family safe in case of an accident. Contact the insurance professionals at Brown & Brown Insurance in Anaheim, California for all of your home insurance needs.