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Consider Adopting a Fire
Hydrant this Winter to Help
neighbors SAFE!!
Woodburning and gas fireplaces are designed to safely
provide years of comfort, warmth and relaxation. To
ensure they can do their job, fireplaces require
maintenance and proper operation. Before lighting the
first fire of the season, there are a few important
fireplace safety tips  to remember.
  • Have the chimney inspected annually, and cleaned as
    necessary, by a professional chimney sweep to ensure
    it’s clear of obstructions and creosote.

  • Have a cap installed at the top of the chimney to
    avoid the possibility that debris or animals can block
    the chimney.

  • Install both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
    (Make sure the batteries work.)

  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of
    furniture, books, newspapers and other potentially
    flammable materials. (Two feet away is a good rule.)


  • Clean out ashes from previous fires. Open the

  • Use a fireplace grate.

  • Keep glass doors open during the fire.

  • Use fireplace tools to tend the fire.

  • Build a safe fire.

  • Always close the fire screen when in use.


  • Never burn garbage, rolled newspapers, charcoal or
    plastic in the fireplace.

  • Never use gasoline or any liquid accelerant to help
    start a fire.

  • Keep small children and pets away from the fireplace.

  • Never leave a fire unattended.

  • Don’t close the damper until the embers have
    completely stopped burning.

  • Make sure the fire is completely out before going to
    bed or leaving the house.

  • When cleaning the fireplace, store ashes in a non-
    combustible container with a tightly fitting lid and
    place the container away from the house.

  • Never burn a Christmas tree in the fireplace.