Fireplaces are enjoyable and relaxing, but they have some important requirements for safety and care. This is true whether you have a traditional wood-burning fireplace or one that uses gas. The following tips will help you keep your fireplace in good working order.

Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you have a fireplace or woodstove in your home or rental property, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have working and updated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Fireplaces, whether gas or wood, can pose significant risks. Another good habit to develop is to replace the batteries in these devices twice a year. To remember, do so in the spring and fall when you change the clocks.

Make Sure To Clean Your Chimney Flue

Creosote build-up in your chimney can cause serious problems in the home. It can cause a major fire hazard or negatively affect the home’s air quality. Professional chimney cleaners will do a thorough job, and the process will be safer than trying to clean the chimney on your own. The investment will be worth it in the long run.

Use the Right Kind of Wood

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you can improve its performance and enjoyment by choosing the correct type of wood. Commercially available firewood is a good choice, but if you are chopping your own wood, always choose hardwoods. Maple, oak, ash, birch, and fruit trees which will burn longer than softer woods like pine and have less creosote buildup. You also need to avoid wood that is too wet or has too much sap. Having the wood age for 9 -12 months is preferable and will make a better-quality fire.

Maintain Your Gas Fireplace

The key to maintaining a gas fireplace is regular cleaning and safety check-ups. Frequently clean the doors to the fireplace. Dust and gently vacuum inside. The gas logs generally do not require much cleaning but examine them occasionally to ensure that they don’t collect debris or are broken. Have the gas line inspected regularly by a professional to ensure that the fireplace is safe to use.

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