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Safety Tips For Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel

Whether you’re adding spooky spider webs for Halloween, leaves and turkeys for Thanksgiving, or snowmen and reindeer for Christmas, decorating your fireplace mantel can be a fun activity for any holiday! That being said, it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind to avoid potential damage and unsafe situations.

Fortunately, the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here to offer advice and guidance to help homeowners avoid a catastrophe this holiday season. Check out these tips for decorating your mantel in the upcoming months.

Be Cautious With Flammable Decor

christmas fireplaceA lot of holiday decorations are flammable, so it’s important to keep them a safe distance from any potential flames. On this same note, do not intentionally burn any old decorations, wrapping paper pieces, garbage, old boxes, or similar items in your fireplace, as these items all encourage the build up of creosote, which is known for triggering chimney fires.

It’s also important to keep your tree, as well as any gifts, away from the fireplace. The needles and sap in live trees are very flammable, and it’s not worth taking any risks! If you choose to buy a fake tree, make sure it is fire-resistant to reduce the chances of a house fire. If you do buy a live tree, never burn it in the fireplace at the end of the season as this, too, encourages creosote to accumulate.

Extra Steps For Protecting Your Home

Since fireplaces are put to use more often during the holiday season, it’s important to keep fire safety tips in mind throughout your burning period. For example, ensure that all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are equipped with new batteries and working properly, as these devices could make all the difference in getting everyone out of the house safely.

Also, if you have a wood-burning fireplace, be cautious when disposing of ashes. Be sure you’re storing them in a metal bucket and on a non-flammable surface for at least a few days until all embers are definitely extinguished. Along with this, be certain everyone knows at least two ways out of the home, should a fire occur, and practice potential escape plans to ensure everyone is ready in case of an emergency.

Schedule An Inspection With Us Today

One of the biggest steps you can take to keep your home protected is to invest in regular fireplace care. By scheduling an inspection every year with a CSIA certified chimney sweep, you can spot any build up or damage well ahead of time and have it addressed before the holidays really kick off.

Have you gotten your inspection on the books yet? If not, count on our team to help you out. We offer level 1, 2 and 3 inspections, so we’ll have you covered, no matter what your fireplace needs are. Give us a call today to set something up!

It’s National Fireplace Month!

With fall time comes falling leaves, crisp weather, and excitement as people count down the days until Thanksgiving and other exciting holidays. The dropping temperatures also bring more fireplace use for homeowners everywhere. Fireplaces add warmth and a cozy atmosphere to any home, which is why the Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association has declared October National Fireplace Month!

What This Signifies

National Fireplace Month is a time to celebrate the role fireplaces play in bringing homes and families together. There are countless ways to enhance and personalize your fireplace so that it not only blends well with your other décor, but highlights your personality, as well. There are also a wide variety of products built to keep your fireplace running efficiently throughout the year. That’s why fireplace month is so great for bringing more awareness to the endless array of options that homeowners have when it comes to their fireplace and chimney.

This month-long occasion is also set in place to bring attention to the importance of fireplace safety. There are various ways homeowners can ensure that their home and family stay as safe as possible throughout these colder months, and staying educated on safety tips can make a huge difference for one’s health and home.

national-fireplace-month-lake-norman-nc-sirvent-chimney-and-ventingTurn To Us Today

We provide countless services for chimneys and fireplaces. Our trained and certified professionals recognize the importance of fireplace maintenance, and they are ready to do everything they can to get your home looking great. Whether you have leaks, cracks in your brickwork, creosote build-up, or just need your regular inspection completed, we have the tools to help you out, contact us.

We also do installations! If you want to change up your fireplace or if you need the stove of your dreams installed before cold weather hits, give us a call today! We will happily get everything set up and working efficiently, so that you can enjoy it all throughout the fall and winter months, contact us today!

At SirVent Chimney, we also care about your safety. Keep these tips in mind, as you start putting your fireplace to more frequent use.

  • Make an escape plan: Having a fire escape plan set up ahead of time will allow you and family members to always know the quickest way out of the house. Create alternative routes, in case a fire has someone closed in. Review this plan from time to time and practice it at home with your family.
  • Install smoke Alarms: Installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors can make a huge difference in maintaining home safety. Carbon monoxide is odorless, making it hard to detect without the device, and a smoke alarm will alert you at the first sign of smoke, allowing you the time you need to get out.
  • Attend to your fires: Never light a fire and leave it without supervision. If everyone goes to bed it needs to be completely put out. Also, ensure that no flammable materials are near the fire while it is going.

Annual inspections are vital for home and chimney health, as well. Have our experts check out yours today. We look forward to your call!