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Ohio Home Fireplace Tips
Winter in Ohio is in full bloom. There is nothing quite as cozy as a crackling fire in the fireplace of your Mansfield home.  However, the last thing any homeowner wants is for disaster to strike, potentially damaging their home and putting loved ones in danger. Understanding and practicing fireplace safety is crucial in ensuring that your house and family are safe. Our REALTORS® offer these eight tips to keep your fireplace in tip-top shape and protect our family.

  1. Get Your Fireplace Ready
    Before you light the first fire of the season, have your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned by a professional. Flues should be intact, and the dampers are operating correctly. Any buildup of dangerous residues including soot, creosote and glaze should be removed as they can seriously increase the risk of a chimney fire.

  2. Alarms Are Essential
    Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on each floor of your home to alert your family of a fire or deadly, but odorless gas. Don't forget to change the batteries in each device regularly, testing each one for proper operation when you do.

  3. The Right Way to Light Your Fire
    Use only dry kindling or newspaper to start your fire to avoid a catastrophe. Liquid fuels are dangerous and should never be used to get your fire going. Store bought firestarter bricks or logs are acceptable as well, providing you follow the manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Know What You're Burning
    Seasoned hardwood is the best choice for burning in your fireplace, as it has low moisture content and creates less creosote that softer or greener woods. Avoid burning wrapping paper and boxes, as they may contain chemical additives or cause dangerous flare-ups in your fireplace.

  5. Use A Screen
    A metal screen in front of your fire will help decrease the risk of hot embers popping out into your living space and possibly causing a fire. If your fireplace did not come with a screen, you'll be able to find one at many hardware stores and online retailers.

  6. Have Care When Cleaning
    Periodic removal of embers and ashes from your fireplace keeps the fire burning bright and your fireplace looking good. Store them in a fireproof container and allow them to completely extinguish for at least 24 hours outside before final disposal.

  7. Maintain Safe Clearance
    Keeping anything combustible at a safe distance from your fireplace is essential.

  8. Be Prepared
    If you've done everything listed above, the odds of having a fireplace related disaster are significantly lower, but you should always prepare for an emergency. Invest in a fire extinguisher, have it inspected yearly, and be sure that you and your family know how to use it if necessary.

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