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Fire Place Safety Tips

By mainechimne63644266, Dec 20 2019 07:02PM

Be sure your home has working smoke alarms on every level.

Get an alarm that alerts you if carbon dioxide poisoning becomes a threat.

Dispose of ashes with great care and assurance that an unexpected fire will not start due to hot ashes.

Only burn seasoned firewood, meaning wood that is low in moisture.

Some tips specifically for the holidays include:

Don’t place wrapped packages or gift boxes near the fireplace because they are highly combustible.

Keep all combustible materials at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles, and portable heaters.

There are additives in wrapping paper which makes it burn at extremely high temperatures; don’t burn wrapping paper in your fireplace.

Do not discard garbage in your fireplace, including wrapping paper and boxes.

Keep an operable fire extinguisher nearby not only for possible fireplace mishaps but also in case your Christmas tree combusts.

Never dispose of a Christmas tree by burning it in your fireplace. The wood of the Christmas tree has not been properly dried or seasoned and is not safe to burn.

These are just a few safety tips to keep in mind during the entire year and especially throughout the Holidays. From all of the staff at Maine Chimney Sweep, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season!

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