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More than one-third of households use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances to keep warm.
Before the start of every season, have your chimney inspected by a professional for proper installation, cracks, blockages, leaks, or creosote build-up. Creosote is a chemical substance that forms when wood burns and accumulates in chimneys. If allowed to build up it can cause a chimney fire. It needs to be removed.
Have your chimney cleaned if necessary and be sure to open the flue for adequate ventilation when using the fireplace.
Always use a fire screen and burn only materials appropriate for fireplaces, such as seasoned hardwood.
If using manufactured fire logs, read and follow directions. Never break the logs or use more than one log at a time.
Never burn trash or paper in a fireplace. Burning paper can float up your chimney and land on your roof or in your yard.
Add wood to fireplaces carefully; sparks can fly into the room while the screen is open.
Remove ashes from the grate by placing them in a metal container.
Keep firewood stacked outdoors and away from your home.
Bring in only as much wood as you need for one evening.
Make sure you have a mesh screen spark arrester covering your chimney to prevent hot embers from landing on your roof or on your neighbor's roof.
Always remove branches hanging above the chimney.