If you’ve got a fireplace, you’re one of the lucky ones. There’s nothing quite like being snug in a comfy chair on a cold winter evening, with a fuzzy blanket, watching the flames dance and listening to the wood crackle as it burns.
However, that intense heat radiating from the fireplace is only a good thing when it’s contained. Otherwise, it becomes dangerous and potentially deadly. During the winter months, being extra cautious and aware when using your fireplace is crucial.
Taking extra steps to ensure the cleanliness of your fireplace increases the safety. Over time, a carbonaceous chemical called creosote builds up inside the walls of your fireplace. A fire that is contained within a fireplace does not have proper airflow. Improper airflow to your fire causes unnatural combustion of the wood, which then gives out gas through the smoke. When there are water and other chemicals in your chimney, this gas condenses with the elements, creating a residue called creosote.
Creosote is dangerous in more than one way. Not only is it harmful to our health, but it’s also a fire hazard in our home. Potential dangers to our health include irritated eyes and skin, respiratory issues, or even cancer. Creosote is one of the top reasons that chimney fires occur. Deposits of this chemical are left in your fireplace and are highly flammable. The heat from a creosote fire can exceed the degree limit that a chimney fireplace can withstand, creating a larger house fire.
Proper cleaning maintenance of your fireplace and chimney can prevent creosote buildup, protecting your home and your health.
What are some safety precautions to take for fire prevention when using a fireplace?
By: KayLynn P.
Do you have questions about your insurance? Find an insurance agent near you with our Agent Finder
Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.
Read more about KayLynn's background.
You Don’t Need a Big Budget To Get Your Life Insurance Program Started
Don’t Let a Big Decision Stop You. Make Some Small Ones Instead.
Building a family timeline is fun and interesting. Start with birthdays, weddings, graduations etc. and build it out from there!
Share the Motivation for a Healthier Life with Your Family
You Don’t Have to Wait Until You Are Financially Ready to Pre-Plan Final Services
They May Not Eat Perfectly But They Certainly Can Eat Better
Final Services Are Changing. The Need for Life Insurance Is Not.
There’s More to Biking Than Tight Pants and Stylish Helmets
Of the Dozens of Reasons to Acquire Life Insurance, This May Be the Most Important
Motivation May Be a Factor But Lack of Space Should Not