Fireplace and Chimney Tips for the Holiday Season

Fireplaces and chimneys often see extended use and activity during the holiday season. A crackling fire is one of the best things to come inside to after a frigid excursion outdoors. However, there are several maintenance tips and precautions to be aware of prior to the extended usage of your fireplace during the winter months. Click here to contact Blackwell Masonry today.

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Get Your Chimney Inspected and Cleaned

Over time your chimney will accumulate a substance known as creosote, which is the unburnt leftover of wood smoke. This substance is highly flammable, and if left unchecked, can start a chimney fire. It is best to get your chimney checked annually by a certified chimney sweep. You can also verify your chimney yourself by measuring the amount of build up on the inside of the chimney. If it exceeds a quarter inch, then you should get your chimney cleaned immediately.

A chimney sweep can be found by simply searching "Chimney Sweep [My City]" on Google. It will provide you will an extensive list of providers.

Fire Prevention

  • Ensure proper detection devices are functioning correctly. These include smoke detectors, carbon dioxide detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Dispose of ashes properly. Hot ashes can sometimes start a fire back up after it has died out.
  • Burn only dry and seasoned firewood. The more moisture is in the wood, the faster the creosote will build up in your chimney.

Holiday Season Tips

The holiday season is one of Blackwell Masonry's favourite times of year, but it does come with a few additional precautions for fireplace safety:

  • Ensure stockings and gifts are not near the fireplace.
  • Ensure that the tree is well away from the fireplace.
  • Be sure that the proper guards are in place to prevent small children that may be visiting your home from being hurt.