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Fireplace Safety Tips

As beautiful as a roaring fire in your fireplace can be, it can also be very dangerous. This is especially true if you are not very familiar with fire safety tips. Following fire safety practices is very important whenever you light a fire in your home, especially if you have children and pets. All Seasons Chimney would like to share with you a few tips on how to stay safe by the fireplace with your family because your safety is a top priority for us!

Schedule an appointment for a professional chimney sweeping and inspection at least once a year.Fireplace Safety Tips Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney

To make sure your chimney and fireplace system is working efficiently and safely, it is essential to have a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technician sweep and inspect the chimney every year. All Seasons Chimney can check everything out to see if there is any damage or other possible problems.

Make sure the damper is completely open before starting a fire.

You need the damper to be open to draw smoke, carbon monoxide, and the other byproducts of combustion out of your home. HealthyChildren.org recommends keeping the damper open until the fire has been fully extinguished. You could have smoldering ashes that could cause your home to be smoky if the damper is closed before the fire is out completely.

Install a screen in front of your fireplace.

Kids and pets can be very curious about your fireplace. It is very important to protect them from getting too close to the flames. Even if you have glass fireplace doors to close while a fire is burning, those doors can become extremely hot and could harm your child if he touches them. Setting up a fireplace safety screen is a great way to keep this area safe for children and pets.

Never leave a burning fire unattended.

You always want to be sure a fire has been extinguished before you go to bed or leave the house. You should also never leave your child alone in the same room as a burning fire. If you must leave the room, even just for a few minutes, you should bring your child with you to be safe.

Following these fire safety practices will help you and your family stay safe and warm by the fireplace. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney for any of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

Is Your Fireplace Ready for Winter?

Cozy Winter Fireplace Ready Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyColder weather is in the forecast, but is your chimney and fireplace system ready for warm, cozy, and safe fires this winter? To be prepared for lighting the first fire in your fireplace this year, you need to schedule your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection appointment with our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney. The CSIA, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety groups all recommend having this chimney maintenance done by qualified professionals before fireplace season gets started. Winter is just around the corner, and we are here to help you get your fireplace ready to go. We would like to tell you why it is so important to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before winter.

Prevent chimney fires

When you burn wood in your fireplace, creosote is naturally produced during the combustion process and builds up in deposits on the inner walls of the chimney. The residue of smoke, vapors, gases, and other byproducts of combustion, creosote varies in color and texture. Whether it is black or brown, sticky and gummy, dry and flaky, or hard and shiny, creosote is very flammable. It is so hazardous that the CSIA has named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. If you have not had your chimney professionally swept since last winter, you could have a large amount of creosote accumulation inside your chimney. To get rid of this fire hazard, All Seasons Chimney can remove every bit of creosote from the interior chimney walls. We take great care in ensuring that your risk of a possibly devastating chimney fire is greatly reduced.

Avoid water deterioration

When All Seasons Chimney inspects your chimney, we look for any damaged and/or missing bricks and mortar joints on the exterior of your chimney structure. If the masonry materials are cracked and broken, water can penetrate into your home through the chimney. You can end up with stained ceilings and walls, rusted metal chimney components, and rotting wood. Even worse, the structure of your chimney could collapse as cold winter weather can cause even more deterioration of the bricks and mortar. Our CSIA-certified chimney experts will give you honest written estimates of the repair work needed to protect your chimney from water damage and deterioration during the winter. During the inspection, we will also look for other problems such as flue blockages and chimney liner damage that increase your risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. You can trust us to be sure your fireplace and chimney will be working efficiently and safely all winter long.

Be sure your fireplace is ready for winter. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our chimney sweeping and inspection services today.