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Keep Your New Year Warm and Toasty

New Year’s Eve may be over, but the new year has just begun! Make sure your family and home are safe and cozy for 2020 by insuring your fireplace and chimney are properly used and properly maintained.

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What are You Burning?

Whether your fireplace burns gas, pellets, or firewood, it should be used properly, according to manufacturer user regulations and instructions. Fire safety rules should be followed by everyone in the home, and basic maintenance completed regularly to keep the system in property working order.

  • Wood – If you have a wood-burning appliance or fireplace, it should be cleaned of soot and creosote regularly to avoid elevated fire risk. In order to prevent excessive creosote buildup, make sure you only burn properly seasoned firewood in your fireplace. Never burn trash, clothing, or any other materials inside your wood-burning system. These materials can burn incompletely, creating more particulate pollution than necessary and some light materials like paper and leaves can rise up the flue while ignited.
  • Pellets – Pellets are a manufactured product that is made of recycled wood products. These pellets must be purchased and used properly according to your model. You should not burn any wood, trash, clothing, or any other items in your pellet appliance. Only use manufactured pellets and do not attempt to make your own.
  • Gas – Your gas fire appliance should be professionally installed and gas connected by your local gas company. It is important to determine whether your gas fireplace is vented or vent-free and that vented gas logs are properly vented. Do not burn anything in your gas fireplace and keep the logs and fire area clean.

Fire Safety Tips for a Safer Winter

A fireplace is a great addition to your home but can turn disastrous at any moment. Most of America’s residential house fires occur in January and almost all of them can be prevented by proper use and maintenance. In order to prevent other fire accidents such as burns and damage, make sure you follow fire safety rules no matter how often you light your fire.

  • Only burn the proper fuel in your fireplace. Burning other items can contribute to flue obstruction and buildup, raise fire risk, and drop efficiency (which drops safety).
  • Use special long-handled fire tools when stirring your logs, shoveling and disposing of ashes, and cleaning up after your fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Many house fires occur while the family is out or asleep. You cannot control a fire left unattended, so make sure it is properly extinguished before leaving or going to bed.
  • Make sure the damper is open when the fireplace is in use and left open until the fire is completely extinguished.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms on every level of the home. Check these devices monthly and change the batteries twice per year.
  • Set rules for the fireplace and make sure everyone in the home knows them. Do not allow children to work with the fire.
  • Plan two escape routes from the home and practice them as a family. Use these resources to help children understand the importance of fire safety and how valuable time is during a fire emergency.
  • Maintain the chimney system properly by scheduling routine services with a certified professional.

Chimney Sweeps, Inspections, and Installations in Milford, CT

Whether you’re looking to service your existing fire system or hoping to install a new one altogether, look no further than the professionals at Total Chimney Care. Our sister company services all of our customers with the utmost professionalism, experience, and know-how. Total Chimney Care sweeps are CSIA certified and take our quality products and install them with expertise and beauty so that they are long-lasting and properly functioning.

Are you giving yourself a new fireplace for New Year’s? You can find the best of pellet, gas, and wood fire appliances at The Cozy Flame.

By partnering with the industry’s top manufacturers like Regency, Hargrove, and Thermo-Rite, our customers can choose from a broad range of capacities, full types, and styles. Whether your home décor leans toward simple and contemporary or traditional and rustic—or anywhere in between—we can match you with an appliance exactly.

Don’t hesitate to call the professionals when you’re ready to upgrade your hearth. The Cozy Flame is a comprehensive hearth and patio store located in Milford, Connecticut and is a retail company founded by the expert chimney sweep company, Total Chimney Care. Depend on us for all your total chimney care as well as all your hearth, patio, and grilling supplies. Start now and don’t stop with your winter fireplace. At The Cozy Flame, we’ve spent years warming your world, indoors and out. Talk with one of our experts today to plan your summer fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and more. Ask about patio heating and fire accessories and forward schedule all your inspections and service appointments today.

Call The Cozy Flame at 203-283-4459, stop by, or contact us online.

Be Sure to Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

The risk of fire is not the only danger when you use a fireplace and chimney system. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a serious risk because it is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that causes life-threatening organ damage and illness. There are still over 200 people across the nation that die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by ventilation problems, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The number is much higher according to Carbon Monoxide Kills, an organization to raise awareness of CO deaths. The best way to not become a statistic is to take measures to avoid carbon monoxide intrusion altogether.

Be Sure to Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector - Milford, CT - The Cozy FlameThe Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Intrusion

High concentrations of carbon monoxide in your blood will result in death. A large leak can result in a rapid poisoning, but a slow leak can do it’s own damage. Exposure over a longer period can result in general illness, but can begin to shut down organs as exposure persists. A slow leak is quite dangerous, because it can go undetected, as the symptoms are the same as a common cold.

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

You can avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by keeping your fireplace and chimney system properly maintained and by following proper guidelines. The best way to insure the system is working properly is to hire a professional to look it over. You should always have appliances and products professionally installed, but you should also have a professional service and assess the system. A CSIA certified chimney sweep can install your products and inspect the system from top to bottom and offer a full report on their findings and knows the safety regulations to follow in order to avoid problems in the future.

Despite your best efforts and that of your chimney sweep, problems can develop with your system and result in carbon monoxide intrusion. That’s why it’s best to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. You should purchase a detector from a local home improvement store and keep batteries in it at all times. This is most likely a requirement of your home owners insurance, but should definitely be a household rule.

uThe best time to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home is BEFORE you light your fireplace, furnace, or appliance for the first time. A CSIA certified sweep company puts the customer’s safety before anything else, and it’s not only fire safety. It’s our goal to keep your home safe from fire, particulate pollution, and hazardous gases. Part of this is testing your detector. You should test your carbon monoxide detector at least every six months. A simple way to remember would be to test it on the first of each month. It’s easy and may be the one thing that keeps your family from exposure.

Keep your family safe by purchasing products from a qualified retailer. The Cozy Flame offers the best products in the industry. Rated for the highest safety standard in the industry, we can match you with the fireplace of your dreams!

Contact 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.

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