Top 10 Fireplace and Stove Safety Tips

When winter’s chill settles in, nothing beats the warmth and ambience of a crackling fire. But here at Incendium Stoves & Fireplaces, we know that ensuring the safety of your fireplace or stove is paramount. In this blog, we’ll share our safety tips, including the importance of regular inspections, chimney sweeps, and maintenance routines.

Schedule Regular Fireplace Inspections:

Before you light that first fire of the season, schedule a professional fireplace inspection. Our experienced technicians can identify potential issues like cracks, blockages, or creosote buildup. This not only guarantees a safe environment but also ensures optimal performance.

Get Your Chimney Swept:

Regular chimney sweeps are crucial. Creosote, a byproduct of burning wood, can accumulate and pose a serious fire hazard. Annual chimney sweeps remove this buildup, preventing chimney fires and ensuring proper ventilation.

Choose Quality Fuel:

Opt for seasoned hardwoods for a cleaner burn. Green or wet wood not only produces more creosote but also reduces the efficiency of your fireplace or stove. Read more about the best firewood for your stove or fireplace in our article. 

Use a fire gate or screen:

Using a fire gate or glass screen acts as a barrier, preventing sparks or embers from escaping. This simple addition enhances safety, especially in homes where pets or young children are present. Screens can reduce the intense heat from a fire, which is useful for when pets like to sit directly in front of the fireplace. 

Maintain Clear Surroundings:

Keep the area around your fireplace or stove clear of flammable materials. Ensure that curtains, furniture, and other combustibles are at a safe distance to prevent accidental fires. If you opt for a fire gate, it is good practice to keep any flammable materials outside of this area. 

Monitor Carbon Monoxide (CO) Levels:

It is worth investing in a quality carbon monoxide detector. Because CO is colourless and odourless, a detector is your first line of defence against this silent threat. Keep this device in the same room as your fireplace or stove for an early detection of a carbon monoxide buildup in the air. 

Practice Safe Burning:

Use a fireplace grate to elevate logs and promote proper airflow underneath. Avoid overloading the firebox, and never burn paper or trash, as these can cause dangerous flare-ups.

Keep Flammable Liquids Away:

Never use flammable liquids such as lighter fluids to start or accelerate a fire. Stick to approved fire starters and kindling for a safe ignition. Liquids may splash, causing the fire to spread over the hearth onto combustible textiles such as wooden flooring or carpets. 

Equip Yourself with Fire Extinguishers:

Have fire extinguishers in accessible locations, and ensure that everyone in your household knows how to use them. In case of an emergency, a quick response can make all the difference.

Professional Installation Matters:

Ensure your fireplace or stove is professionally installed. Correct installation not only enhances efficiency but also mitigates safety risks associated with DIY installations. At Incendium, we offer Stove Installation services, as well as full-scale fireplace remodelling services, which can include making the space safe for an open fire.

By following these safety tips and investing in regular inspections and chimney sweeps, you’re not only safeguarding your home but also maximising the lifespan and performance of your fireplace or stove. Stay warm and stay safe!

Published On: 14/12/2023Categories: Blog

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