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Last Minute Holiday Tips For Fireplace Safety

Fireplace Safety Near the Holidays - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney SpecialistThe holidays are here and preparations are in full swing. Homeowners are stocking up on food, gifts, and more as they gear up for days filled with parties and family get-togethers. To-do lists grow and everyone seems to be busy as the days count down fast.

There is always a lot going on, so remember to stay alert to any fires or open flames throughout the house. Between cooking, lighting candles, hanging lights, and utilizing the fireplace, statistics show that damage from fires is heightened this time of year.

At A-1 Chimney Specialist, one thing we know about is fireplace safety. Read up on some of these tips to ensure you and your family stay as safe as possible during the festive weeks ahead.

Schedule An Inspection

Having a professional in to check everything out can make a substantial difference in how efficiently your fireplace runs. If repairs or cleanings are needed, no fires should be lit. Doing so will put your home and family at an increased risk for harm. Excess debris, creosote, and blockages all are major triggers for chimney fires and smoking issues. Avoid expensive damage and health issues by calling in one of our experts to take a look today!

Be Cautious When Decorating

While decorating the mantle may seem like a classic way to spread some Christmas cheer, it could be putting you in some danger. Ensure that all décor is far away from the fireplace anytime you have a fire going. Most of the decorations out there are highly flammable and stray embers or sparks could easily cause them to ignite. Play it safe and keep your Christmas stockings far away from the fireplace.

Don’t Burn Trash

When wrapping paper, plastic dishware, and more start to pile up, you may think burning them would be an easy way to clean the house. Always remember – this is a bad idea! Doing so causes smoking issues, creosote build-up, and hotter fires. All of these things put your home at a higher risk for house fires and put your family and possessions in harm’s way. Burn only seasoned wood to ensure a clean and efficient fire every time around.

Clean Ash Regularly

Cleaning out the ash and soot on a regular basis is good practice when comes to maintaining fireplace health. When doing this, use metal tools and storage containers to ensure no potential fires will ignite. Coals can stay live for days, so store all of your ash in something non-flammable that can be tightly sealed. Place the container on brick, stone, or another similar surface, and keep it away from your home until you know everything has sufficiently cooled.

As always, turn to A-1 Chimney Specialist if you have any other questions. We can assist with any repairs, installations, cleanings, or more! We work carefully and professionally so that you can rest easy, and enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. Call us today!

Prepare Your Fireplace For Winter’s Arrival

Winter Fireplace Preparation Image - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney SpecialistWith winter fast approaching, many are gearing up for more frequent fireplace use. With visions of a crackling fire and cozy nights with loved ones floating around one’s mind, it is easy to forget the importance of prepping your fireplace for the colder months ahead.

Yet, a few steps must be taken to ensure all parts run together efficiently and safely. Nothing is more important than keeping your home and family protected, so check out these guidelines for preparing your fireplace today.

Hire A Certified Chimney Sweep

First and foremost, call in a professional to thoroughly clean your chimney and inspect all of the various parts. When it comes to debris and creosote build-up, you can never be too safe. Creosote is highly flammable and is a major cause for fires occurring within the chimney. The use of appropriate chemicals and tools is vital in ensuring things are done right and that your fireplace is ready for regular use. Experts in this field know exactly where to clean and how to clean it.

An inspection is also necessary for ensuring top-quality protection throughout the cold months ahead. A certified expert can check for any leaks, cracks, holes, or other abnormalities that should be fixed before lighting up any fires. Addressing these right away will save you a lot of hassle and stress down the line. When the temperatures drop, the last thing anyone wants to deal with is smoke filling their home. Avoid this issue, as well as countless others, by getting your inspection in today.

Scheduling your annual inspection is a vital part in chimney and fireplace care. Not only will this simple step save you time, money, and stress in the long run, it will also ensure the safety of your home and loved ones. Avoid harmful toxins, potential fires, and excess smoke by calling A-1 Chimney Specialist today. One of our certified sweeps will visit your home and set you up right this Fall and Winter.

Practice Fire Safety

While a regular cleaning and inspection is the top priority, there are other steps you should be taking, as well, to keep your fireplace as safe as possible throughout your burning season.

First of all, be sure to check all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Should gas or smoke start creeping through your home, these devices will be the first to warn everyone of potential danger. They have been known for saving countless lives, so replace yours as necessary and check the batteries on a regular basis.

In addition to this, keep decorations, blankets, and other similar items away from the fireplace at all times. Anything that could catch flying sparks or embers should be stored at a safe distance to minimize the risk of a house fire. Always burn properly seasoned wood and never leave a fire unattended for any amount of time. Having a plan set, should a fire occur, is an important step for all families, so put one in place today! It could make all the difference when it comes to getting everyone out safe.

The experts at A-1 Chimney Specialist are standing by, ready to take your call! Schedule your cleaning and inspection with us today!

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