Fire Safety this Winter

Here are some really useful safety hints for your home this Winter:


  • Make sure that chimneys are properly cleaned – to ensure this, have them inspected at the beginning of each cold season.
  • Use a protective fireplace screen to protect people and animals from getting too close to the fire/heat source.
  • Do not use flammable liquids in the fireplace.
  • Do not burn paper in the fireplace – lit pieces of paper can float out of chimneys and land on neighboring buildings. Only use dry wood – not wood/boughs from live-cut trees as these lit particles can also float out of the chimney.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace — toxic smoke is released when it is burned.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before you go to sleep.
  • Never close the damper when there are hot ashes in the fireplace.

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Posted by Gary H January 29, 2011 at 6:37 PM under Home Living Tips

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