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Fire Prevention Week 2018: Look. Listen. Learn.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored an important public fire safety campaign, Fire Prevention Week, on the week of every October 9th. Originally this week began as a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but as it became clear how important it was to educate the public on how to prevent a fire in their homes, this campaign was proclaimed in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge to be observed across the country. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been teaching the residents of the lower Hudson Valley area how to keep fires from occurring in their homes as part of our professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” and we would like to tell you more about this theme.

LOOKhouse roof on fire

In order to successfully avoid a devastating fire in your home, the NFPA stresses the importance of looking for places where fires could start and making sure that there are no potential fire hazards present. Since cooking causes almost half of all home fires, you should make sure that there is no clutter around the stovetop. Always remember to keep an eye on what you are cooking. Your heating and your electrical equipment in your home are also common causes of accidental fires. All Seasons Chimney can give you more tips and recommendations for keeping your home free of fire hazards.

LISTEN

As the first alert to a fire being present in your home, smoke alarms can reduce your risk of dying in a residential fire by 50 percent. The NFPA recommends that you install smoke alarms on every level of your home as well as inside each bedroom. To make sure your alarms are working effectively, you should test them every month and replace any alarms that are over 10 years old. All Seasons Chimney suggests interconnecting your smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they all do.

LEARN

Since you may only have seconds to escape a fire in your home, it is crucial to plan at least two ways out of every single room. Once you have established your two exit routes, you will need to teach them to your family and practice these exits often. Choose a place outside your house where your family can meet once they have gotten out. From this spot, you will be able to safely call your local emergency authorities.

If you need more information about Fire Prevention Week, contact us at All Seasons Chimney. As the best chimney company in the lower Hudson Valley area, your safety is our top priority.

Fireplace Safety Tips

Fire is one of the most dangerous elements there is! So, whenever you light one in your fireplace, it is important to remember a few safety precautions. This is especially true when you have children in your home. At All Seasons Chimney, safety is our top priority. That’s why we would like to remind you of some of the most essential fire safety recommendations you should be following. Practicing these tips will help keep you and your family safe from any accidental fires or other hazards this winter.

Fireplace Safety Tips Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyOpen the damper before starting a fire.

If the damper is closed, smoke will not be able to exit out of the chimney as it is supposed to do. A closed damper could also cause toxic gases like carbon monoxide to blow back into your home. You will want to keep the damper open until the embers have completely stopped burning.

Only burn seasoned firewood.

Seasoned firewood has been allowed to dry for at least six months after it has been cut. It will produce less smoke and will give you longer lasting fires with more heat.

Keep your children safe.

Healthy Children suggests setting up a fireplace screen to keep your children from burning themselves on the glass fireplace doors. Never leave your children unattended in a room with a fireplace in use, even if you have a screen.

Prevent accidental fires.

Keep the area in front of your fireplace clear from combustible items. These include furniture, carpet, and curtains. Hot sparks and embers can easily jump out and start an accidental fire. The proximity to high temperatures can also be dangerous as well.

Be prepared.

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms throughout your home. You should place these alarms in the same room as your fireplace, on every level of your home, and outside each bedroom. Be sure to check the batteries in these alarms in the spring and the fall when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time. You should also have a fire extinguisher on hand, in case an accidental fire does break out.

Schedule an appointment for an annual chimney sweep and inspection.

To keep your fireplace and chimney working safely and efficiently, it is very important to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected every year. You need to have the creosote removed to avoid the chimney fire hazard. Plus, you need to make sure there is no damage that could be causing your chimney to be unsafe to operate.

Following these safety tips will help you be able to enjoy your fireplace with no worries this winter! Contact us at All Seasons Chimney for all of your chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs in the lower Hudson Valley area.