Fireplace safety

Some tips to help you get maximum enjoyment from your fireplace

Settling down in front of a crackling fire is one of the treats of winter. But before enjoying your fireplace, take a few precautions to ensure you enjoy it safely:

  • Hire a professional to inspect the fireplace every year before you use it the first time.
  • Open the flue before starting a fire; close it when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Keep fire embers from escaping with a glass door or mesh screen.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Never burn any type of trash or cardboard boxes in a fireplace.
  • Do not leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy.