In the spirit of the seasons, we at North American Chimney and Gutter would like to help you stay safe this holiday. Here Some tips for you during the holiday season:
• Have your chimney inspected and cleaned if you haven’t already this year. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to fire prevention!
• Be sure you have smoke detectors on every level of your home and that they are all working!
• If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector, purchase and install one!
• If you have children or pets of your own, or perhaps some coming to visit for the holidays, have the area around your fireplace adequately protected with a screen or a gate to prevent accidental burns.
• Burn only wood in your fireplace!
• Dispose of ashes properly.
• Keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
• While outdoor decorations are fun, especially if you’re going for the Clark Griswold look, keep safety in mind as you prepare your display. Don’t decorate your chimney if you can help it!
• Whether your tree is the real thing or not so real, keep it away from your fireplace or stove!
• Live trees need to be watered regularly to prevent drying out and being a risk of fire.
• Speaking of your tree, if you’re purchasing a fake one, be sure its fire resistant.
• Did you know that wrapping paper is treated with a chemical that makes it extremely flammable? Use the three-foot rule, keep the presents away from the fire!
• If you’re hanging stockings by your chimney with care, be sure they are up high enough that they aren’t at risk to catch fire! Better yet, move them to a safe place away from the fireplace when you’re using it.
• After the holidays are over, please note that it’s not safe to burn your tree, wrapping paper, or trash in the fireplace! Find another method of disposal.
From all of us here at North American Chimney and Gutter, have a happy holiday!
North American Chimney and Gutter provides services to the following areas: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, Harrisburg; New York-Bay Shore, Bedford Hills; Massachusetts-West Borough, Boston; Connecticut-Fairfield