Winter is usually the perfect time to heat things up with warm fireplaces in Greenville, SC homes to fight off the biting cold. Fireplaces and heating systems, however, also need proper care and inspection to avoid fires from starting in your own home. Thus, each and every part of the fireplace, from the gas logs to the chimney, must be regularly checked and maintained.
According to a report by Laura Gaddy of the Anniston Star, the cold weather is commonly the period of spiking fire incidents. In Alabama, fire-related deaths reached almost a hundred during the winter of 2013. Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office spokesperson Stephen Holmes was quoted by saying that cold weather prompts people to go to extreme measures to stay warm.
The National Fire Protection Association has outlined several guidelines to ensure that your home will be protected from fires, and on the top of the list is to ensure the functionality of your smoke detectors (if you have them). Smoke alarms are essential in warning everyone in the household of a fire, and should be tested once a month to check if they’re still in top shape. If you still don’t have smoke alarms installed in your house, make sure to have one near bedrooms or placed on walls or ceilings 18 inches from the corner.
When starting up your fireplace, make sure that flammable materials such as cloth and paper are at least three feet away, and put the fire out when leaving the room. Also ensure that your chimney is properly cleaned every year, and have a certified plumber, with specialized training as gasfitters, check the gas logs that you plan on using for your fireplace.
If you’re using gas logs in Greenville, SC, then you’re more on the safer side of things, considering that gas logs are unlikely to spread hazardous embers and/or fumes. Wood from freshly-cut trees are more likely to produce more smoke and form deposits in your chimney. For quality gas logs, you could check out the products offered by companies such as Buchanan Fire and Outdoor.
Finally, cover your fireplace with a screen to avoid sparks from flying into the room, especially if you have carpeted floors. Do not leave coals or cooled ashes outside the house, for these might cause small bush fires: instead, store them inside a metal container and place them a safe distance from your home. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating fires are the cause of 36% of residential fires in rural areas every year, and this could be avoided with the simple tips mentioned above.
(Source: 10 tips to prevent fires during the cold weather, The Anniston Star, November 14, 2014)Posted by: