January 30th, 2015
Fireplace Safety Tips
Having a fireplace in your home is a great way to keep warm in the cold winter weather without having to worry about your energy bill. Unfortunately, fireplaces can also lead to serious and dangerous accidents if they are not well maintained. Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your fireplace works its best to keep you warm this season.
- Hire a professional to clean out your fireplace and chimney. Soot that builds up in your fireplace can lead to serious respiratory problems for everyone in your house. A chimney that is full of soot can push dangerous carbon monoxide back into your home each time you have a fire. Your chimney and fireplace should be professionally cleaned out every year to ensure that you stay safe.
- Check both the firebox and flue in your fireplace to ensure that they are in good condition. Also, check to make sure that the motor is not missing from any of the joints.
- Before you light a fire, check to ensure that there are not obstructions in the chimney, such as dead animals or birds’ nests that can block the flue.
- Make sure that the damper is working properly. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, close the damper when there is no fire burning. If you have a gas-burning fireplace, your damper should be kept open at all times.
- Ensure that the ash pit door closes and seals completely.
Investing in the right homeowners insurance policy will help to ensure that you and your home are protected from any accident that is related to your fireplace. Contact the insurance professionals at Brown & Brown Insurance in Anaheim, California for all of your home insurance coverage needs. We will work with you to ensure that you have the right amount of protection, at a price you can afford.