The fireplace can provide warmth, ambience and a sense of security, and possibly more so this year as more of us spend more time at home, working remotely, distance learning, binging on Netflix, and preparing for Christmas. But it is also vital to get your chimney checked to ensure it is in tip-top shape and not posing a risk to your home.
October is the ideal time to get your fireplace prepared for the winter months, and it’s recommended to have your fireplace, vents and chimneys inspected every year. Here are some tips to make the most of your fire this winter.
If you have a wood fireplace, then be sure to hire a professional chimney sweep to clean out any dirt and debris from last winter. Your chimney should be checked for any cracks or loose bricks to avoid it falling down when the winter storms arrive.
If you have a gas fireplace, then check all the vents to make sure they are free from debris, otherwise, you could be in danger from a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide. Give your fireplace a good clean and dusting before you light it to remove any debris that will smoulder and prevent any odd smells when you start the fire.
Always keep any combustible materials, such as pillows, curtains, furniture at least three feet away from any fireplace, and ensure there is ventilation where you need it.
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