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FIREPLACE SAFETY

Ensure that your chimney is cleaned and inspected by a licensed professional once a year.

A spark arrestor across the top of a chimney will prevent sparks from igniting your roof.

Use the proper fuel (seasoned hardwood, pellets, and gas/propane) for your type of system.

Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquids to start a fire.

Fireplaces should have a sturdy screen across the front to prevent embers from flying or logs from rolling out.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Many “non-masonry” fireplace/chimney units have limitations on the amount of heat they can safely withstand.

Do not discard your ashes into any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash can.

When clearing ashes from the fireplace, be sure to put them into a metal container with a lid. Do not discard your ashes into any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash can.

Keep your can outside the home, away from your fireplace or stove. Do not place ash containers on decks, porches, or in garages.

Pour water into ash containers to make sure the ashes are cool.

Teach all family members to be safe with ashes from your fireplace or wood-burning stove.