Keep The Chestnuts On An Open Fire, Not A House Fire! Preventive Measures For A Happy Holiday

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire — does anyone really do that anymore? If your family does, there is a good chance that you have a lovely fireplace in your home where you place your basket of raw chestnuts and wait for them to pop open and eat. As delightful as that sounds, you also want to be certain that your fireplace and chestnut roasting does not turn into a holiday horror show. Some of the biggest causes of house fires in December are connected to fireplaces and dirty chimneys. Here is how you can enjoy every warm, toasty, and tasty moment near your fireplace without any worry or concerns about your home burning down by accident. 

Get That Chimney Sweep in There!

Before you light your first holiday fire, hire a chimney sweep to come and clean out the flue. If you cannot remember the last time you had the chimney cleaned, you should definitely have your chimney and flue swept clean. Having all of it cleaned will prevent the largest percentage of holiday fireplace fires that could have occurred in your home. 

Clean the Hearth

Most homeowners who have a fireplace will clean out the ashes the day after they have had a fire going. If you skipped it the last time you had a fire, now is the time to thoroughly clean out the ashes. Doing so will prevent these old ashes from flying up the chimney and causing more safety problems with your chimney. Double-bag the ashes to prevent the mess from accidentally spilling out all over the place. (Ashes are very difficult to clean up once they stick to your carpet and floors, which is why the chimney sweep will always cover the entire area near your fireplace with tarps before starting work.)

All Popping Foods Should Be Contained

Whether you roast chestnuts or pop popcorn over your fireplace flames, make sure the nuts or seeds are fully contained and secure inside the appropriate fireplace accessory. Foods that pop and catch fire can quickly land on floors, clothing, and furniture and start a fire that way. If you are toasting marshmallows or making some other holiday treat over the flames, keep a bucket of water or sand nearby to put out any fires that might accidentally start. This is essential for safety when you have children in the house and a fire going at the same time. 

Contact a company like A & A Chimney Sweep for more information.

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