Author – Todd Woofenden
Fire Safety is of utmost importance when building a fire. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to keep your home safe.
Things to do before you light a fire
- Have the chimney checked by a chimney professional.
- Know how to operate the fireplace or stove.
- Have the right hearth tools and equipment.
- Check your home’s fire safety equipment.
For the sake of fire safety, have your chimney checked at least once each year by a chimney professional. Your chimney professional will check to see if the chimney requires cleaning, and will also check for unsafe conditions in the chimney.
And while you are thinking about safety, check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Replace the batteries in smoke alarms regularly.
Many businesses are required to have their fire extinguishers inspected yearly. It is a good fire safety habit for homeowners, too. Local fire departments usually will inspect them for you, free of charge, or for a nominal fee.
Make sure you have the right kind of extinguisher. It should be labeled with the types of fires it is designed for, but if you are not sure, ask your local fire department for more information.
They also can generally provide you with information about establishing fire drill routines and exit routes for the safety of your family.
A little bit of preparation can prevent a lot more than a bad experience, and will put your mind at ease.
~ Todd Woofenden
What the NFPA Says
Certain companies provide workers who specialize in inspecting, cleaning and maintaining chimneys, vents and flues. Chimney repair is a normal part of their work. A qualified chimney sweep can diagnose and fix problems that the average person may not notice. Regularly engaging such services can mean the difference between comfortable living and disaster.
NFPA standards define three levels of inspections. Level 3 is the most detailed and is appropriate whenever hazardous conditions may exist. This level is required if it appears that construction of the chimney area or clearances are inadequate or that safety may have been compromised by some event, such as an earthquake or lightning strike.