Fireplace Safety Tips
Your wood burning fireplace is very important especially during the cold weather conditions. It can provide the warmth that you need in your house and make it more comfortable and conducive for living. However, just like any other place with fire, it is vital to ensure that high level safety is maintained. To reduce the risks involved, here are some wood burning fireplace safety tips you should observe.
Only burn cured and dry wood
One way of enhancing safety of your wood burning fireplace is to use split and dried logs that have lasted for a period of eight to twelve months. You should cover the logs on the top and ensure that the sides are open to allow air to flow more effectively. Hardwoods such as white ash, beech or white oak can burn for a long time. Woods that is dry will burn well and has lower risks of causing any health hazards in your home.
Burn firewood only
You should only burn firewood because other materials can be dangerous. Materials such as painted wood, lumber, crates and other treated wood emit chemicals in your house, leading to air pollution. The air quality is compromised and can lead to different health problems associated with inhaling contaminated air. When starting the fire you can use log starters instead of such materials.
Close the damper
When you are not utilizing the wood burning fireplace, it is important to close the damper. This helps control the indoor air that is warm. You should also replace your poorly sealed damper to ensure that you protect loss of heat. A damper mounted on the top acts as a cap that offers a tighter closure compared to traditional wood burning fireplace damper.
Ensure you have the glass doors open
You should have glass doors open when you are burning the fire. This is necessary in order to make heat to enter into the room. If you are using a factory designed wood fireplace that has a circulating fan, you should ensure that all doors are closed to make sure there is no loss of unnecessary heat from escaping.
Have smoke detectors and chimney cap installed
It is important to have smoke, carbon dioxide detectors and chimney cap installed to prevent rain, objects and snow from getting access into your home chimney to minimize downdrafts. Caps usually have side vents to allow smoke to escape. You should also install smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors in your home. They should be installed in the bedroom areas and other important areas.