Disaster PreparednessWinter fire damage in Houston, TX.

There is nothing more satisfying than kicking back in front of a warm fire after a long day out in the cold. Snuggling up to a cozy fireplace is a winter staple, especially during the holidays. The hearth has always been considered a family gathering place for the warmth and soothing soft glow of light it provides. Enjoy your fireplace this season–but keep in mind these safety tips to make the most of your experience without risking an accident.

  1. Fire and foremost, open the damper on the fireplace before starting the fire. When your fireplace is not in use, this remains closed to seal it t, preventing heat loss in your home. By opening it, the smoke from the fire can now escape through the chimney instead of filling your home.
  2. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, don’t use soft, moist wood. Wet wood results in odor problems, smoking issues and possibly even a fire. Always use dry, seasoned wood when making a fire.
  3. If you have a gas fireplace without a vent, make sure to open at least one window in the home. This prevents the fire from burning through all the available oxygen in the home.
  4. Make sure the area in front of the fireplace is clear of debris or possibly flammable materials. All surrounding items should be at least 3 feet away.
  5. Install a metal screen in case burning embers or shifting logs try to escape! This is most important for wood-burning fireplaces.
  6. Lastly, never leave a fire unattended. Always put it out or turn it off before leaving the home or going to bed.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season this year, filled with cheer and abundance. Call ServiceMaster Advantage if you ever experience disaster this season and need help fast–we’re the experts when it comes to rapid response for disaster restoration needs.


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