You can safely enjoy your new fireplace for years to come if you follow some basic safety rules. The following fireplace safety information will help you understand what’s involved in keep your home and loved ones safe:
Safety tips for any type of fireplace
– Have your new fireplace installed by a certified, insured professional installer.
-Make sure your home is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
– Check each regularly to make sure they are in working condition and have necessary batteries. An easy way to remember to do this is make it part of your routine when you adjust the clocks each year for Daylight Savings Time.
– Each level of your home should be equipped with detectors, and there should be detectors located inside or near sleeping areas.
-Equip your home with a fire extinguisher — and learn how to use it before you need it!
-Keep flammable materials three feet away from the fire and heat source.
-Never burn anything in a fireplace that the manufacturer hasn’t approved. Never, ever burn plastic or Styrofoam.
-Never leave a fire unattended.
-Keep small children and pets away from the fireplace. Consider using a physical barrier, such as a gate, to keep children at a distance.
-Check to be sure that the fire is completely out or gas/electric appliances have been turned off before you leave your house or go to sleep.
-Read and follow the manufacturer’s safety and maintenance instructions for your particular fireplace.