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11/08/2017
If you can't remember the last time that you used your fireplace then this is the article for you, with tips on how to safely use your fireplace this cold season.

When it comes to owning a fireplace, the interest generally wears off after a year or two, with the device often being replaced by space heaters, simply because of their effectiveness. However, there are always times when you want to do away with the electrical option and get back to nature with a natural fire.

How to Heat Your Home Safely with a Fireplace

If you sound like this very homeowner, below are some tips from DKI Buffalo Builders - Restoration Contractor to help you safely heat your home with a fireplace.

Time to Start Fresh

Unless you are one of the very few people then the chances are that you didn’t clean your fireplace out after you finished using it last season. For this reason, there is no way to know just what is inside your chimney or smoke ventilation shaft.

With this in mind, the first thing that you will want to do is to give your fireplace a thorough clean. Whether this means doing it yourself or having it professionally cleaned for you, be sure that the task is completed. Too many homeowners expect that there isn’t much debris in their fireplace and chimney and simply light a fire expecting it to work fine, only to find their home’s quickly filled up with smoke and the damage which comes with it.

Don't Decorate It

It doesn’t matter if they are decorations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any other holiday you celebrate over the cold season, if there are decorations for it, don’t put them on your fireplace!

That’s right - don’t! While decorating your fireplace may look nice throughout the season and bring even more holiday spirit to your home, it is also the quickest way to start a fire in your home. It only takes a small piece of ember to shoot out from the fire and onto a holiday decoration you left out to cause serious problems in your home.

The best rule to remember is to keep everything at least a foot away from your fireplace. This includes people and pets!

If your home has suffered fire, storm, or water damage and requires restoration, DKI Buffalo Builders - Restoration Contractor is the people help. Call today at (866) 801-8100 to request immediate attendance and assessment to get your property back to its regular state safely and quickly.

Educate Your Family About Safe Fireplace Use

Everybody will love to use and enjoy your fireplace during the cold season, and while it’s great that they can do it, it’s important that they understand the dangers involved and how to act should they occur.

With this in mind, be sure to sit everybody down and speak about how to use the fireplace safely, such as how to light a fire, how to stoke it, how to put it out, and who to call in an emergency along with how to extinguish a fire which is out of control.

Have All of Your Supplies on Hand

Believe it or not there are people who will pull their sweater sleeve over their hand and add another piece of wood to the fire! Even worse, they will use that arm to stoke the fire!

While it may seem like common sense, be sure that you only use the equipment for the task. For example, use a fire-stoker/poke to keep the fire going and use fireplace appropriate tools for adding new wood to the fire. Of course, be sure that you have a safe grill in front of your fire to catch any rampant embers and prevent them from causing danger or harm.

Never Leave a Fire Unattended

Last, but certainly not least, is the reminder that you should never leave a fireplace unattended. Despite how romantic it looks in the movies, those scenes are filmed with numerous safety people standing by ready to put the fire out as soon the director ends the scene.

Unless you have people in your home waiting to put out the fire each time that you leave the house or fall asleep, be conscious of your fireplace and never leave it unattended.

Fire and Water Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs, CO

If your property has suffered damage, whether it was caused by fire, a storm, or flooding, DKI Buffalo Builders - Restoration Contractor can help. Call (866) 801-8100 to book an immediate assessment of your property and get your home back to normal quickly and safely.