Arizona may be known for our harsh Summer temperatures but during the Fall and Winter it does get cold enough on the desert floor to use fireplaces for those lucky enough to have them. However, owning a home with a fireplace adds extra maintenance tasks which can be burdensome for those already short on time.
Fireplace safety and maintenance should be a high priority for those who have them in their homes. Here are some fireplace safety and maintenance tips to follow:
1. Clean the firebox at least once a week during the months it's in use.
2. Have the chimney swept and inspected once a year.
3. Ensure your fire detectors in the home are in working order.
4. Keep combustible materials such as drapes and furniture away from the fireplace when a fire is burning.
5. Burn only seasoned wood that has been cut, dried, and under cover for at least 6-12 months registering less than 20% moisture.
6. Ash from a once burning fire can be hot enough to flame-up again up to three days so always wait that long to remove ashes from your fireplace.
7. Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes as live coals may still be remaining.
8. Install a chimney cap to prevent water damage, to keep animals from nesting, and to avoid debris from blocking the chimney ventilation.
9. Inspect the exterior of your chimney to check for chipped bricks or cracked masonry joints. Ensure the chimney is not leaning or separating from the home.
10. Test your damper before using your fireplace to protect against improper ventilation.
Fireplaces can be thoroughly enjoyed when they are in proper working order and safe to use. Few things signify the Holiday season like sipping your favorite warm beverage around the family fireplace as the sounds of crackling logs and rustic smell fill the room.
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