Safer, Cleaner Fireplace Burning
updated: Jan 08, 2013, 4:20 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Fire Department
Fireplace fires can cause emergencies and
pose serious safety risks. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the Santa
Barbara County Air Pollution Control District have ten tips to keep you and our
community safer and healthier.
1. Don't burn trash. Don't burn: plastics, chemicals, wrapping paper, magazines, or
colored or coated papers (including newspaper inserts, junk mail, etc.). Also don't
burn charcoal, coal, or holiday greens.
2. Be a good neighbor and notice your smoke. Build small hot fires rather than large
smoldering ones. Use seasoned hard woods that burn hot and provide complete
combustion. Avoid "roaring" fires. They can start chimney fires and can lead to
overheating of wall or roof materials.
3. Save your fireplace or woodstove for special occasions.
4. Use a gas log if you can.
5. Clean your chimney.
6. Never use gasoline, charcoal lighter or other fuel to light or relight a fire because
the vapors can explode.
7. Do not allow small children near the fireplace.
8. Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure the fire is completely out before going
to bed or leaving the house.
9. Be sure no flammable materials hang down from or decorate your mantel.
10. Make sure you have basic fire safety equipment. Keep a type ABC fire
extinguisher near the fireplace, install a screen that completely covers the
fireplace opening, equip your house with smoke detectors, and use a spark arrester
on top of your chimney.
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