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The fireplace in your home is a source of warmth and relaxation for your family and friends. Like any home appliance, it should be safe, properly maintained, and good for the environment inside and out.

Being good to the environment also means making sure your fireplace habits are safe and will not pose a danger to your family, home or your neighborhood.

  1. Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually. A dirty fireplace can cause chimney fires, contribute to air pollution and inhibit proper venting of smoke up the flue.  
  2. Always use a fireplace screen, and make sure the damper is in the open position.  
  3. Never overload the fireplace with too many logs.  
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and test the smoke detectors and batteries regularly.  
  5. When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace, preferably on a grate.  
  6. Never leave fire unattended. Be sure the fire is extinguished before you go to bed.  
  7. Keep wood stacked, covered, and away from doors and the ground.  
  8. Clear the area around the fireplace and chimney. Debris too close to the fireplace could cause a fire.  
  9. Check the flute for obstructions like bird's nests, and trim any overhanging branches or large trees near the chimney.  
  10. Choose the right fuel. In general, hardwood firewood like oak, madrone, hickory, ash, etc. Always use seasoned wood.  
  11. Make a fire that fits your fireplace. A fire that is too large or too hot no only wastes fuel, it can crack your chimney. If you notice any cracks in the chimney, and any loose mortar or brick, have them repaired.  
  12. Read and follow the label when using fire logs. Don't poke or break manufactured logs. Fire logs perform best when burned on a fireplace grate.  
  13. If your fireplace is equipped with glass doors, leave them open while burning a fire log to allow proper draught and cleaner burning. Once the fire is extinguished, close the damper and glass doors to retain warm air inside the house.If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.