Keep your home secure from fire danger with these fireplace safety tips!

Cold winter nights are made all the cozier with a roaring fire in the fireplace. It’s a staple of the winter season that provides both inviting atmosphere and heat. However, an open fire in your home poses should not be left unattended. You should always keep an eye on it.  When your fireplace is in use here are some fireplace safety tips to keep in mind year round but especially at the holidays.

Clean Your Chimney.  

When it comes to preventing any fireplace accidents, it’s important that you have your fireplace cleaned and inspected prior to usage. Before you light your fireplace, call a professional for a little routine maintenance. That way you can rest easy knowing that your fireplace is safe and ready to be used all winter long.

Keep a Three-Foot Perimeter.

When it comes to preventing house fires, it’s a good preventative measure to  you keep at least a three-foot perimeter around the fireplace. Don’t keep any items within three feet of the flames so that you can prevent any mishaps. Additionally, keep any flammable items away from the fireplace.

Practice Safe Fireplace Usage.

When it comes to your fireplace it’s important that you use it properly. Before lighting a fire, ensure that the chimney flue is open and always use the mesh screen. That way your chimney has the proper ventilation and the embers are better contained in the fireplace. Additionally, only use dry wood for your fire. Never leave the fire unattended and always keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

When keeping your home safe this winter, ensure that you take the necessary precautions when it comes to your fireplace. Make sure your  homeowners insurance is up to date and has the proper coverages to keep your home well protected against house fires. Contact us at  Randy Jones Insurance Services in Pleasanton, California for assistance finding the right insurance policy for your needs.