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    With Memorial Day right around the corner many of us in the Lake Bluff area have big plans for summer entertaining. Often it includes an outdoor fireplace or fire-pit. Now is the time to make sure that you have safety plans in place for your outdoor festivities.

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    If you have an outdoor fireplace or fire-pit you need to use caution when having a fire. First, check to see if there are any burn bans or codes affecting the use of your fireplace. Before you light up, make sure to check for the following concerns.

    Sparks can travel 36″ or more so use caution about seating people too close to the fire and don’t place combustible materials within 36″ of the fireplace opening. IAlso, dry grass, straw from landscaping and other debris on the ground or near the fireplace can ignite if conditions are right.

    Windy conditions in the windy city area of Chicago can cause sparks and embers to reawaken and travel. Just because it seems like the fire died down when you went to bed doesn’t mean there won’t be a problem if the wind starts up in the middle of the night. Having spark screens and/or an enclosure on the fireplace or fire-pit are a must.

    Ashes that seem cool the next morning can contain hot embers for several days after a fire dies out. If you must clean out the embers place them in a metal ash bucket with a tight fitting lid and place it on a non-combustible surface.

    And the most important consideration – keep children away from the fire. Also be aware of any trip hazards near the fireplace or fire-pit that might cause someone to fall into the fire.

    In addition, here are some GREAT tips from the Madison, WI Fire Department. Click here.

    Lastly, you can still have a chimney fire in your outdoor fireplace. It can damage the fireplace and chimney as well as causing damage to nearby structures. We will be happy to inspect and clean your outdoor fireplace and chimney. If you have draft issues with it we can help you. If you would like to build an outdoor living area with a fireplace we can do that too! To contact us please call 847-918-7994 or click here to contact us.

    Enjoy your summer!

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