There’s no feeling that compares to warming up by the fire on a chilly day. It’s that extra cozy feeling that brings comfort and togetherness for you and your family. Safely burning a fire in your home is key! Here are some helpful tips to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe while enjoying the heat.
- Make sure your fireplace has had it’s annual inspection and sweep, performed by professionals.
- Before starting a fire, make sure all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in proper working order.
- Make sure your damper is fully open, so as to not allow carbon monoxide and particulate matter back into your home.
- Choose the right wood! Stay away from green wood (or freshly cut wood), such as pine, they can contain up to 100% moisture (or 50% water weight). Go with seasoned wood, such as oak. Seasoned wood contains less than 20% moisture.
- Try to avoid artificial logs, they produce a large amount of creosote. Use some crumpled-up newspaper and kindling for starting fires in your fireplace.
- To get the most out of your fire, run ceiling fans clockwise on low speeds to redirect the warm air from the ceiling into the living space.
- Get cozy and enjoy yourself!