• Enjoying Your Fireplace

    Enjoying Your Fireplace

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    Here in Northern Chicago it’s the perfect time to enjoy your fireplace. As you gather with friends and family, keep in mind these tips for enjoying your fireplace this winter:Fireplace Ambiance

    • Before starting a fire, always make sure the fireplace or chimney damper is fully open.

    • Fireplaces should be used with the glass doors open but the fireplace screens closed or a freestanding screen in place to protect from flying sparks.

    • A good heavy grate is worth the investment. They not only last longer, but they also help to prevent burning logs from rolling out into the room.

    • Never leave an unattended fire, especially when children are around.

     • Make sure that children are always supervised and never allow them to play near the fire or with fireplace tools or equipment.

    • Use fireplace tools to handle burning logs. Never use your hands.

    • Use a chimney cap with a spark arrestor to help prevent sparks or burning embers from igniting nearby combustibles. Chimney caps also minimize rain infiltration; keep animals from nesting in the chimney and to prevent debris from landing in the chimney and causing a blockage.

    • To clean the smoke stains off of glass doors, purchase a cleaner made specifically for fireplace glass doors and make sure the glass is completely cool before cleaning.

     • Always scoop ashes and embers into a double bottom ash bucket with a tight fitting lid. Ashes/embers/coals can stay hot for several days so thoroughly wet the ashes before disposing of them. Then, never dump them on or in any combustible surface or container and store away from combustible materials.

     • Have a your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned, if needed, annually. All of our sweeps are certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

    For more information on fireplace usage or to schedule a chimney inspection, please call us at 847-918-7994 or click here to contact us.

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