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Keeping Your Fireplace Safe

Keeping Your Fireplace Safe: Here are 7 Fireplace Safety Tips  to help keep your fireplace safe. It’s getting colder although this has been a warmer winter than most. here in Florida, it's getting warmer. We broke the record on Christmas day with 86.  The fireplace is important around the holidays because what could be better than a warm fire where the family gathers for all those wonderful events. 

Keeping Your Fireplace Safe

Before you light your first fire – Is your fireplace safe? Have you  had it checked recently? What are the most important things you need to do.You do know about Carbon Monoxide?If it builds up, you won’t even know what is happening, you become sleepy, dizzy, may have nausea and vomiting: perhaps go into a coma and then.....well, you know. 

7 Fireplace Safety Tips

  • Have your chimney checked once a year by a certified chimney sweep. Even gas fireplaces need to be checked. To find a sweep go to the Chimney Safety Institute, click here.
  • Make sure the sweep checks for cracks, loose bricks,  missing mortar. Replace the cap (screening) if necessary. It keeps birds, squirrels and debris out.
  • Burn hardwoods that have dried for 6 months. Resinous woods create creosote which is flammable and can build up in the chimney.
  • It is very important to have both smoke and carbon detectors in the home; near the fireplace and in the bedrooms.  Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer that is toxic to humans, and animals.
  • Always Have a fire extinguisher near by.
  • Keep pets and animals away from the fireplace.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving or going to bed.

Now you’re ready! 7 Fireplace Safety Tips Where's that hot chocolate?

Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty, Trinity FL 34655
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Keeping Your Fireplace Safe


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Comment balloon 14 commentsToni Weidman • December 26 2015 05:44AM


Hi Toni-Great tips for all of us. Hope you had a great Christmas. I will be in your neck of the woods in about 3 weeks. Hope we get a chance to meet.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 5 years ago

Good morning, Toni Weidman that looks so welcoming...I've always had a pellet stove or a gas log in my fireplaces.... I'd probably burn my house down with anything that I had to control!!! 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 5 years ago

Great information thanks for sharing.  That fire place looks great.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 5 years ago

Excellent safety tips for those that have a fireplace.  My first and only house had in the basement, living room and master bedroom.  I miss the house and the fireplaces, but not all that went along with them.  

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 5 years ago

Great tips!   I love my natural fireplace and just had it cleaned and inspected this year again

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 5 years ago

86 degrees yesterday? Gasp! Every fireplace should have a rain cap and spark arrestor on top of the chimney. You would be surprised how many here don't! If water can freely run down your flues in time it will ruin the firebrick in the firebox. Open the damper to run the fireplace, close it when it cools.

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 5 years ago

Great advice Toni, as we hear about fires every year with homeowners not taking care of their fireplace. 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 5 years ago

Toni, this is important stuff.  After the east coast earthquake, our old houses with terra cotta chimney liners got all shook up.  I've yet to sell a house with a chimney that either has a new liner or needs one.  Right now, mine needs one.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 5 years ago

We have mostly gas fireplaces out here now but you still need to have the lines and equipment serviced and checked to ensure there are no dangerous gas leaks.

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) about 5 years ago

These are great tips to remember.  It is 14 degrees here in Colorado right now so fireplaces are getting a workout. 

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 5 years ago

Great tips for homeowner or lease tenants who use fire places. Knowing how to clean them will help to prevent fires are smoke damage.

Posted by ba`B Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) about 5 years ago

Great reminder Toni Weidman ....

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Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 5 years ago

Toni- even in Florida, we've had fireplaces on some of our homes ? This is a good reminder of fireplace safety!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 5 years ago

Missing you here in the Rain Toni Weidman Hurry back.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 5 years ago

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