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While the fireplace can make you feel cozy and warm over the winter, it can also be dangerous. To ensure you'll be able to enjoy it safely on these cold days, read the post below.

How to Keep Your Fireplace Safe This Winter

Keep It in Mint Shape

Of course, you should keep your fireplace in good shape. To that end, clean it thoroughly, have a professional inspection on a yearly basis, only burn quality woods in it, and install a screen.

Employ Fireplace Tools

Never use your hands to move logs or coal, since they can be extremely hot (even if the fire has been put out). Instead, use the appropriate fireplace tools.

Keep It Short

You shouldn't keep a fire going for longer than five hours. Keep a short duration to ensure your safety.

Supervise the Fireplace

Obviously, you should supervise the fireplace if it is on. This means you shouldn't leave it unattended. Also, you should notice any issues and turn it off promptly if something isn't right.

Handle the Fire Fluid Carefully

Fire fluid can be very dangerous if mismanaged. Handle it with care to avoid a fiery disaster in your home.

Avoid Flammable Materials

Flammable materials should be kept far away from the fireplace. It's even suggested that you invest in fire retardant materials for your household.

Keep an Eye On Children and Pets

Children or pets lurking around the fireplace can cause an accident. Avoid that situation by keeping an eye on them when the fireplace is on.

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Buildup

Fires aren't the only dangers associated with fireplaces. Ensure carbon monoxide won't build up in your house by ventilating the space properly when the fireplace is on.

During the Holidays...

If you celebrate a winter holiday, you should take extra steps to keep your fireplace safe, for example:
  • Avoid hanging your stockings too low over the fireplace.
  • Keep curious children away from it (since they may be looking for Santa in there).
  • Keep flammable decorations at a safe distance (or get ones that aren't flammable).

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