Winter is right around the corner… and as temperatures begin to drop, some of us are lighting our fireplaces already! It’s important, however, to remain educated about fire safety this season. Fire damage is definitely not something you want to deal with, so let’s follow these five safety guidelines when burning fires and heating your home this winter:
For space heaters:
Don’t Use Space Heaters (As Primary Sources of Heat)
Space heaters can be very dangerous and should only be used as supplementary sources of heat. And of course, they should be placed in a safe area, away from curtains, clothing items, flammable liquids, decorations, etc!
Use a Reliable Extension Cord
When it comes to the extension cord for your handy space heater, make sure it’s the adequate cord! If the extension cord is unable to handle the current, it could potentially overheat and melt. Then you’re in need of a replacement cord at best, or dealing with fire damage at worst.
Use a Fire Screen
Fire screens are used to shield the room from popping embers. They’re made of chain link or sometimes glass (always remember that glass can get really hot, and thus dangerous for pets and children).
Utilize the Proper Tools
Your fire will need to be poked and prodded periodically to keep it burning. Be sure you’re using the correct tools, for your own safety!
Clean Your Chimney
Lastly, it’s important to have your chimney cleaned at least once per year. Clearing it of dust, dirt, soot, and debris will help smoke flow through it easily. We service all of Central Texas. Please visit our website for service areas in Austin.
Remember, accidents do happen, and we can’t do much to prevent them. So in case of your fire in your home, contact The Steam Team to help with the cleanup process. We’re experts at it, and have been doing it for over a decade now! So don’t hesitate!