Fireplace Safety

FireplaceThe temperatures are dropping and the holidays are rolling in. This means that it’s time to snuggle up by the fire and enjoy the company of your loved ones. After getting your lumber wood from Ace of Gray and making your way home, make sure you’ve taken a look at these safety tips to make sure you and your friends and family are in for a warm and most importantly, safe night by the fire.

Be sure the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Don’t close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.

Use dry and well-aged wood because wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood also burns with less smoke and burns more evenly making for a better fire.

Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke. This is why you want to be sure to clean the ashes after each use of the fireplace.

These are just a few things to think about before lighting the fire for the first time each year.

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