Lindemann Chimney Service in Northern Chicago and Southern Wisconsin would like to provide you with some fireplace and woodstove safety tips:
ALWAYS use a fireplace screen that is made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
Keep children away from the fireplace or woodstove. Fireplace or woodstove screens or glass doors can become hot and could possibly burn them.
Don’t clutter the hearth. This includes debris, decorations, and flammable materials.
Kindling, fire logs, and wood should be kept at least three feet from any heat source.
Never use a flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene, or gasoline to start a fire. Instead use a proper firestarter such as newspaper, kindling, or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use.
Never burn charcoal in your fireplace. It can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide and could also damage your fireplace.
If you have a woodstove, install a stovepipe thermometer to help monitor flue temperatures. Not having a thermometer is a little like driving a car without a speedometer and it helps you to burn more efficiently.
Fireplace and woodstove ashes can remain warm for days after they appear to be out. Allow these ashes to cool before disposing of them.
Use a tightly covered metal container to dispose of ashes. Place the container outdoors, at least ten feet from the home and any other nearby buildings. Never dump ashes on anything combustible AND don’t dispose of ashes on windy days.
Last but definitely not least, have your fireplace, woodstove installation, chimney and woodstove flues inspected and cleaned each year by a CSIA Certified Sweep (all our sweeps are certified). We will inspect the flue for blockages, creosote deposits, soot build-up, or physical damage using a video camera system designed especially for chimneys. If cleaning or further maintenance is needed we will be happy to discuss this with you and answer your questions.