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  • Tips for Staying Safe with Your Outdoor Fireplace

    Tips for Staying Safe with Your Outdoor Fireplace

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    An outdoor fireplace can be a welcomed addition to any backyard. On those cool summer nights there are few things more relaxing than warming your toes next to an inviting fire. But, just like the ones inside the home, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits can pose their own set of dangers. That is why it is important we know how to best keep our family and property safe when enjoying our outdoor fireplaces.

    Here are some tips on how to stay safe with your outdoor fireplace:

    • Keep water close when burning. Two full buckets of water to extinguish the fire should be enough. Also have a hose ready and waiting should the need arise.
    • A fire pad can be very helpful for placing underneath a portable fire pit. Permanent fireplaces should be installed on brick, stone or a concrete slab.
    • Don’t burn plastics, treated wood or other trash in your fireplace. They release toxic gases which are dangerous even when outside.
    • Outdoor fireplaces need regular maintenance too! Make sure to clean your unit to avoid premature rusting and other problems.
    • Never install an outdoor fireplace onto bare wood.
    • Keep the fireplace at least 100 feet away from the home and any other surrounding buildings. Also make sure there no hanging tree limbs, branches or bushes nearby.
    • Store extra firewood at least 20 feet away from the open flames. To maintain a safe burn, only add more fuel as needed.

    If you need further assistance on maintaining a safe and controlled fire outside ask one of Lindemann Chimney Service’s technicians for help next time they are servicing your home. Not only do we offer outdoor fireplace installation and maintenance, we also are here to ensure our customers always burn safely. At your next service appointment, just ask us how we can help! Schedule your appointment today.

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