Fireplace Safety Tips

Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually by a specialist.

Clear the area around the hearth of debris and flammable materials.

Use only seasoned hardwood - soft wood adds cresote buildup.

Always use a screen around the fireplace to catch sparks.

Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace.

Never leave a fire unattended, extinguish before leaving the house.

Place logs at the rear of the fireplace or on a supporting grate.

Empty ashes from your fireplace into a metal trash can with lid.

Install smoke and fire detectors