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Making Sure your Fireplace is not a Danger to your Household

Aug 11th 2015 at 9:36 PM

Having a home heating system is the one thing you could not live without during the cold months. However, human error during handling of heating equipment can cause fire-related accidents and even death. To prevent such accidents, it’s imperative to ensure that heating equipment is installed properly. After it’s been installed, you should ensure proper maintenance and also use the right fuel. The area around your fireplace should also be free of clutter to reduce the chances of a fire igniting, should sparks fly from the fire into the living area. Some of the mistakes that lead to fireplace related disasters include: chimneys that have not been cleaned out for too long; having portable space heaters too close to items that can ignite, such as beddings; using the wrong fuel; and improperly vented fireplaces. A lot of fire related and smoke inhalation related deaths have been linked to faulty fireplaces. To protect your household from such incidents, you can observe certain safety precautions when using heating equipment and fireplaces.

If your home is heated using a wood stove or a fireplace, you should get a professional to inspect it before the beginning of the cold season. Inspections will reveal any existence of creosote buildup, blockages, and cracks which can cause smoke to leak into the living area. If creosote builds up in large quantities, it can cause chimney fires. Additionally, when using the fireplace, you have to keep the flue open to ensure the fireplace receives adequate ventilation. Further, to protect your family and belongings, install a strong screen in your fireplace. Only burn wood in your fireplace or wood stove. Other material such as wood pines will produce embers that could set your roof or household belongings on fire. To ensure you don’t run out of wood in the middle of the cold season, you should call for firewood delivery from Perth to stock up on enough wood before the days and nights get really cold.

Another safety precaution you should take is to place space heaters at a safe distance from all your furniture and other items that could ignite. It’s also advisable not to leave your heating equipment on all night, especially if you have pets, as they could knock it over. If your floor is made out of wood, a stove board, placed under a stove, will protect the floor from heat and embers that could set the floor on fire. Electric heaters can also pose a fire hazard if the wires of the heater are frayed, and you should replace damaged wires to prevent such occurrences. If you notice that your electric heater is overheating, you should get it serviced or replace it. It’s also very advisable to install a fire and smoke detection system in your home to be on the safe side in the event of a fire. Lastly, for wood burning stoves and fireplaces, you should only buy your wood fuel from an authorised dealer for firewood and mulch in Perth.

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