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Fireplace Safety Tips To Help You Avoid the Need for Fire Damage Restoration in Menomonie, WI

December 21st, 2015

Did you know that the purchase of fireplaces and installation services comes to a total cost of nearly five billion dollars a year? In addition, 52% of U.S. households have a fireplace or freestanding stove of some kind. 46% of home buyers would be willing to spend more money if it meant they would get a fireplace. This is according to information provided by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. No matter how you look at it, fireplaces are an attractive and desirable feature, one that many don’t wish to do without. Having one in your home, however, comes with safety issues that you need to address. If you’re not careful, a fire could spread and cause chaos. Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep that from happening.

  • Make sure that small children and animals can’t get into the fireplace. Never leave either of them alone in the room when your fireplace is lit, even if you only intend to go away for a few minutes.
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet away from your fireplace. This includes rugs, furniture, and curtains. Be careful with any decorations that you place on the mantle, as they could fall into the fire.
  • Inspect your fireplace for cracks or other problems at least once a year. You should also hire a professional to clean your chimney as frequently as possible to ensure it is free of debris and blockages.
  • Never use your fireplace to grill food or dispose of trash. As tempting as it might be to throw unwanted wrapping paper into the fire after everyone has opened their gifts, this will only put your safety at risk. Do you put your trash in the toilet? A fireplace is also no place to dispose of things you don’t want anymore.

If you experience a fire despite your best efforts, call ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning of Menomonie, WI, for fire damage restoration assistance immediately.


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