Fireplace Safety

Fireplace Safety

Learn about fireplace maintenance and safety in Invitation Homes "Know Your Home" video.


Kurt: Hi, I’m Kurt with Invitation Homes. Today we’re going to talk about fireplace safety and maintenance tips.

If you have a wood burning fireplace in your home, you will likely enjoy it throughout the winter season. But in order for a fireplace to be both safe and effective, it requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Begin by doing a regular basic inspection of your fireplace and chimney to ensure that there are not obvious problems such as cracks, leaks, or stains. Keep the area in and around the fireplace clean from ashes and soot, but be sure to wait until all embers have been extinguished for at least 12 hours before cleaning.

Make sure the flue is open before lighting the fire, and don’t close it until you’re sure the fire is completely out. Use a fire screen to prevent sparks from escaping the fire box. Keep all combustible items a safe distance away from the hearth. You can prevent the build up of creosote in your chimney by burning only seasoned, well-dried hardwoods. Creosote is a gummy black film that builds up in the chimney over time and is highly flammable and dangerous.

Never leave your fireplace unattended when in use, especially around children. Never use abrasive cleansers inside your fireplace. These cleansers can actually leave a dangerous flammable residue.

Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if necessary. Check out our video on smoke detector battery replacement for more information. Finally, always keep a fire extinguisher handy.

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