Safety First!

Fireplace safety

Please keep these safety tips in mind — they are especially important if you use portable space heaters and fireplaces during the winter.

  • Turn off portable space heaters when you leave the room.
  • Always use a screen with wood fireplaces, and be sure ashes are completely cooled before removing them from the hearth.
  • Have your chimney professionally cleaned every year.
  • Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning.
  • Keep any combustible materials away from heating sources, including boilers, furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters.
  • Never use gasoline or lighter fluid in any indoor fireplace.
  • Have a licensed technician check your gas hearth annually.