Wintertime can be dangerous when it comes to home fire risks, but our construction safety company understands how to prevent these dangers. Our experts at The Safety Group share fireplace safety tips for winter to ensure that you’re preventing possible fire dangers this holiday season. Before you heat up your home for winter, follow these fireplace safety tips.
Fireplace Safety Tips for Home
Fireplaces and candles present unique challenges in terms of fire safety, and over a third of home decoration fires are started by candles alone.1 Here are some tips for fireplace and home decorating safety:
- Don’t put any decorations near an open flame.
- Make sure the flute is open before lighting the fireplace.
- Invest in a protection screen for your fireplace.
- For wood burning fires, make sure ash is less than 1 inch.
- Never leave the fireplace unattended.
- Make sure the fire is out before going to bed.
Our construction safety company also suggests having your fireplace inspected annually to ensure everything is operational before you light the fire. There are varying levels of chimney inspections, and it’s recommended to have your chimney inspected and cleaned before you use it each season. There are many components that can be damaged, such as flashing, flutes, or crowns.2 A professional inspection will ensure things are up to proper operational requirements.
Additional Safety Assistance
At The Safety Group, we take safety seriously. We provide training for construction site certifications, and construction safety tips for many sites. Contact our team to learn more!