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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Watch Out for that Fireplace in South Euclid

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Fireplace with wood. Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or flue burners, accounted for 87 percent of residential building heating fires.

According to EPA.gov, “Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or flue burners, accounted for 87 percent of residential building heating fires.” Eighty-seven percent is a high number! How can fireplaces be prevented from being a part of that statistic? The main cause of fires started from fireplaces is the failure to clean the chimneys! If you own a fireplace and frequently use it, make sure to clean those chimneys to prevent a fire in your home.

How to Prevent Fireplace Fires in Your Home

  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year. If you’re using it daily, like a wood stove for heating, multiple cleanings will be needed each year.
  • Burn “clean” fires. That means fires with more flame, less smoke. To get a clean fire, burn seasoned wood that has been drying for a year or more.
  • Keep the damper fully open. Restricted air supply from a partially closed damper adds to creosote buildup, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
  • Be smart about what you’re burning. Some people start their fires with rolled up newspaper logs. Avoid burning glossy pages, wrapping paper or cardboard, which may release nasty chemicals.

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