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October Is National Fireplace Month

Fireplace Safety October Image - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame Fall has arrived, and with it has come cooler temperatures, shorter days, and more opportunities than ever to curl up in front of a roaring fire. To celebrate, the Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association has named October as National Fireplace Month. Using the hashtag #FireItUp, the HPBA is helping to raise awareness about fire safety, as well as help homeowners find the perfect heating appliance for their homes.

Fireplace safety tips

Fireplaces add comfort, warmth, and value to your home; however, as with all fuel burning appliances appropriate precautions should be taken to ensure the whole family can safely enjoy them. The following are just a few safety tips that can help protect you and your family as you use your fireplace this October – and throughout the rest of the year.

Have the fireplace inspected annually

No matter what fuel source your fireplace burns – whether it is wood, gas, pellets, or coal – it is important that it is regularly inspected. An annual inspection can help ensure that the fireplace system has not been damaged and can continue to burn and vent safely. An annual sweeping or cleaning is often a part of an inspection; even gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts can benefit from having their gas lines cleaned by a trained technician.

Keep décor and furnishings away

Because of the heat generated by fireplaces – as well as the risk of popping coals and embers – décor and furnishings should be kept at least three feet away from the fireplace when it is in use. This is especially important during the holiday season when many of us have hanging décor over the hearth or mantle.

Test alarms regularly

While all homes should have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, they are especially important for those with fireplaces. Alarms should be placed on every floor of a home, especially outside sleeping areas. All alarms should be tested at least once every six months to ensure they are working properly; even working alarms should be replaced every 8-10 years so your home is up to date with current technology and safety standards.

Finding the right fireplace

If you have an aging fireplace, a stove that creates more smoke than heat, or want to add a new heating appliance to your home, October’s National Fireplace Month is the perfect time to shop! If you live in the Milford, Connecticut area, visit the showroom at The Cozy Flame to learn more about the wide variety of heating appliances available today. Between fireplaces, stoves, inserts – and even outdoor grills! – our expert staff can help you find a heating appliance that will fit your home’s style as well as meet your heating needs.

Fire it up for fall – and get ready for winter – by celebrating National Fireplace Month this October! For more information on fireplace safety or for help finding the perfect heating appliance for your home, contact the staff at The Cozy Flame today!

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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameGas fireplaces are a popular choice for many families because of their ease of use, low cost to operate, and cost savings and efficiency. In order to get the most use and enjoyment out of your fireplace, it is important to understand how to safely operate it. The following fireplace safety tips can help you get the most out of your gas fireplace.

1. Read the manual

One of the most important parts of fireplace safety is also the simplest – reading the manual. Because every fireplace unit is different, reading the manual can provide valuable safety information and operating instructions. Following the manufacturers instructions can not only help you get the most out of your fireplace, but it can help it last for years to come.

Likewise, being more familiar with your unit can help you if it malfunctions; check the manual before you call a fireplace repair company in case it is a problem you can fix yourself.

2. Keep children and pets away

While adults know not to touch the glass and metal of a gas fireplace, small children and pets may not know to be cautious. Because of this, thousands are injured each year from accidental fireplace burns. However, there are a number of ways to prevent these kinds of burns.

First, it is important to let anyone who may be in your home know that the glass and metal surrounding the fireplace are too hot to touch; even after the fireplace has been turned off, it can take several hours for the glass to cool down to room temperature. Next, a fireplace screen or screen door can be used to help keep little hands and paws away. Lastly, physical barriers such as baby gates are recommended to keep young children out of the room and away from the temptation of touching the fireplace.

In addition to preventing accidental burns, it is also important to make sure the fireplace cannot be accidentally turned on or off. Because so many children as enamored with the “magic” or turning the fire on and off with the press of a button, keeping the remote stored out of reach is an important way to make sure it is not being used without supervision. Likewise, child lock switches can be installed to prevent young children from turning on the fireplace.

3. Test alarms regularly

No matter what kind of fireplace you have, it is important to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. While the vast majority of fireplaces will never malfunction or have safety problems, these alarms can help protect your family in the event of a fire or other problem. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor of the home as well as outside of sleeping areas; test alarms every six months to ensure they are still working properly. In order to make sure they are up to date with the most recent safety technology, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced when they stop working or at least every 10 years.

Owning a fireplace can add warmth, charm, and character to your home while also serving as a heat source or decorative focal point. Contact The Cozy Flame today for more information on fireplace safety or installing a new gas fireplace in your home.

The Science of Combustion

Have you ever wondered what is going on inside your chimney? Chemistry and physics both play a part of a well-functioning chimney.

You need heat, fuel and oxygen in order for your chimney to work correctly. You also need them in balance to one another.

You need heat, fuel and oxygen in order for your chimney to work correctly. You also need them in balance to one another.

 

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