Fireplace Safety Tips for the Winter

by Ramonica R. Jones

While many of you turn on the heat when it gets cold, many of you choose a more old-fashioned way to stay warm during the winter. Fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes, but they can all be dangerous.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is overloading their fireplace with wood. The more wood you add, the bigger your fire will be, which can cause the fire to spread. It's also important to keep your chimney clean if you plan to use your fireplace when the temperatures drop.

Hal Hunt of Hunt Stone and Fireplace says, "Creosote builds up into the chimney and a fire can start. It's a very, very hot fire, a very dangerous fire. Just remember that fire is fire, and it can be dangerous if you don't deal with it safely and conscientiously."

If you have a gas fireplace, remember to keep the room ventilated with an open window to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.