October is Fire Prevention Month! Here at Firesafe Chimney Services, we’re eager to ensure our customers are well-informed and staying safer than ever throughout every burning season, which is why we’ve provided some helpful tips and guidelines to consider as we move forward into cooler weather throughout the upcoming months.
And remember – if you need fireplace or chimney care, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!
We can get your annual inspection completed, as well as any necessary repairs or sweeping services, so you can feel good lighting fires with your family in the weeks ahead. Whatever chimney concerns are on your mind, Firesafe Chimney has got your back!
Check Your Smoke & CO Detectors
One thing many homeowners tend to put off or forget about is checking the status of their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices have played an integral role in saving the lives of many people, but because they often sit for months (or years) without seeing much action, many simply forget they are there.
Unfortunately, if the batteries (or the machine itself) have died, there’s not much it can do for you in terms of safety. Recent data has shown that, in the event of a fire, people inside the home may have only minutes to escape, and in the case of a carbon monoxide leak, many won’t even realize this colorless, odorless, and deadly gas is even present!
To further guarantee your safety, you should be checking the batteries of these devices at least once every six months. Many use daylight savings time to serve as their bi-annual reminder to get this done. This is a really easy step to take to ensure your entire household stays safer year round.
Along with this, the smoke detector itself should be replaced approximately every 10 years, and your carbon monoxide detector should be replaced every 5 – 10 years. And be sure to learn what the beeps on your particular detector mean. Usually, certain beeps indicate low batteries, while other patterns indicate smoke or carbon monoxide are present.
Need help changing batteries or replacing these devices? Give us a call! We’d be happy to lend a hand.
Invest in Chimney Liner Repairs & Replacements
Another important aspect of fire safety is ensuring your chimney liner is in optimal condition. The chimney liner keeps your home protected from the high temperatures your fire produces, and it protects your chimney masonry as well, ensuring it doesn’t deteriorate and crumble due to exposure to intense heat. Chimney liners also play a big role in enhancing your system’s efficiency. When properly installed, they aid in safely guiding fumes and smoke up and out of your flue, so that airflow isn’t affected, allowing you the heat you’re hoping for night after night.
On the flip side, a faulty, broken, or poorly installed liner can lead to really dangerous scenarios like chimney and structural fires, smoke exposure, gas leaks, and more.
At Firesafe, we have effective solutions for resolving any of your liner-related issues. Whether that means relining with a durable and insulated stainless steel liner or performing some repairs with HeatShield®, we’re certain we can handle any issues you may be experiencing.
Now, how you burn your fires is important, too. Using only seasoned wood (that means no trash, wrapping paper, paper plates, etc.) in your fireplace will greatly reduce the amount of creosote deposits in your chimney, and it will ensure your fires burn more efficiently and less smoky as well.
Use firewood that is dark/split at the end, lightweight, makes a hollow “clunk” when smacked together, smells older/mustier, and is cut to shorter lengths. All of these are indicators that it has been appropriately seasoned.
And while we’re on the subject of burning smarter, it’s also important to ensure proper fireplace clearances are being adhered to. This time of year, many folks love the idea of decorating mantelpieces, putting more holiday-themed decor around their fireplace, and eventually putting up a Christmas tree.
Any potentially flammable decor should be kept well away from your fireplace (along with your stored wood pile), and if you have a live tree be sure to water it regularly and set it up away from your hearth.
Other Fire Safety Tips
A few other tips we’d like to mention include:
- Never leave your fire unattended, and make sure all flames are completely out before leaving the home or calling it a night.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and check that it is up to date and meeting all appropriate regulations.
- Establish a fire escape plan. Map out multiple ways out of the home, and have your family members practice different routes out of the home, so they’re ready in the event of an emergency. This could wind up saving valuable seconds once flames start spreading!
- Consider putting a screen or door in front of your firebox to keep pets and young children safer when a fire is going.
- Make sure all members of the household are well-informed on fire safety tips and practices.
Book Your Annual Inspection Today
We mentioned it above, but it’s worth repeating. One of the best ways to ensure your fireplace and chimney are ready for building safe fires is to book an inspection with a CSIA-certified sweep. These give your sweep the opportunity to spot anything that may hinder your fireplace’s ability to function normally, and if imperfections or damages are revealed, you can have them addressed before putting your home and family at risk.
Still need to get yours on the books? You’ve got time! Give us a call now to schedule your appointment. Our qualified crew is ready and eager to serve you soon!