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The beauty that goes with the warmth and glow of fireplaces cannot be denied. But what also can’t be denied are fire safety practices. In recognition of Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12, 2019), Ed’s Woodshed is sharing tips for you and your family to safely enjoy your Pittsburgh fireplaces.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2012-2016, almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no smoke alarms that were working (17%). Whether you have a fireplace installed in your home or not, it is imperative that you have a working smoke alarm—an integral part of a home fire escape plan.
If you have a fireplace or are planning a fireplace installation in your Pittsburgh home, be aware that there are steps you can take to help prevent a fire from starting.
Only use wood that is dried, preferably for eight to 12 months. It should sound hollow and appear dark and cracked. Moisture from freshly cut trees can lead to more smoke and chimney deposits. Avoid using crates, treated or painted wood and construction scraps as they can release chemicals into your home. Log starters can be used, but only burn one at a time because they burn extremely hot.
Never use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire. Fire and chemicals do not mix! To safely start your fire, use newspaper, dry kindling, pine cones or an organic fire starter.
If you have ever had an outdoor fire pit, you more than likely have seen loose embers floating in the air and possibly landing on you. Well, an indoor fireplace is no different. Therefore, it is important to make sure that live embers do not escape your fireplace. Installing heat-proof glass doors will keep the fire where it needs to be—in the fireplace.
Before using your fireplace for the season, have it professionally cleaned and inspected. Depending on the amount of use, you may need it cleaned once more throughout the season. A buildup of ash, creosote and cinders pose a potential fire hazard. Creosote fires can reach a temperature of 2000 degrees. Additionally, cleaner fireplaces allow better air flow and cleaner combustion.
It is imperative that flammable objects are nowhere near your fireplace, especially during the holidays. Decoration and stockings can quickly start a fire.
A single spark from a fireplace can have devastating effects. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to properly use it.
For over 30 years, Ed’s Woodshed, located in Bridgeville, PA, has been a premier retailer of fireplaces, while providing superb fireplace services to customers in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania. If you are looking for full service of your Pittsburgh fireplaces or are planning a fireplace installation, call Ed’s Woodshed today at 412-257-0492 to speak to an expert.
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