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Fire Safety In Your Home

There are a staggering amount of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States each year. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that there are over 365,000 residential fires each year, resulting in $6.6 billion in property losses. Residential fires are especially dangerous because in many cases they are completely preventable. Knowing how to maintain your home and keep it safe is the best way to prevent fires from occurring. Here are some fire safety practices you can take part in every year.

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Make Sure Your Heating Appliances Work Properly

Whether you heat your home via electric, natural gas or with a wood-burning appliance it is extremely important to have them inspected each year. Especially with fireplaces and wood-burning stoves you want to make sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned and that you have the correct add-ons to ensure everything is in top working order. Hire a professional chimney sweeping company, like Bulldog Chimney Sweep in West Colorado and ask them about the following:

Has your chimney been inspected in the last year?
Is there any masonry damage that requires repairs?
Should you have you chimney lined or re-lined?
Should you invest in a top-sealing damper?
Should you invest in a chimney cap?

Your professional chimney sweeper will be able to answer these questions, as well as make sure your chimney is operating efficiently and safely. Remember, you want to address any and all chimney and fireplace concerns before they become a serious threat to your home and your family.

Fire Safety Tips For Everyday

Beyond having a professional company inspect your chimney, as a homeowner there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you are preventing a fire in your home. For starters, make sure your stand-alone appliances like space heaters aren’t surrounded by clutter, and aren’t near any heavy drapes. Never leave a space heater on when you aren’t home or aren’t in the room. Space heaters are responsible for a large amount of fire damage in residential spaces so it’s important to operate them smartly and safely.

If you plan on using a wood-burning appliances such as a fireplace or a wood stove you should make sure your apparatus is used safely. As a homeowner it’s important you remember the following before lighting your first fire:

Listen to your chimney sweeping professional, and don’t delay fireplace repairs.

Understand how to use your fireplace and chimney. Many accidents happen when homeowners use appliances without the proper knowledge.
Open the damper all the way when lighting your fire. You want your fire to burn as hot as possible to ensure there is no build-up of creosote.

Residential fires are scary to think about, but as a homeowner it is your responsibility to protect your home and your family from the potential dangers. Hire a professional to help keep your chimney and fireplace in top working order and practice fire safety around your heating appliances every day to keep your home and your family safe from residential fires.

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