10 Fireplace Tips for this Holiday Season

Posted by Jennifer on 12/29/2014

The holidays are upon us and nothing beats sitting in front of a warm, toasty fire. It’s always important, however, to make sure your holiday fire doesn’t turn into a holiday tragedy! Grill Daddy invites you to consider the following tips to help your keep holidays feeling warm...and safe!
  • Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned regularly, at least once a year. If your find that creosote builds up on your chimney walls rapidly, more than once a year is recommended. Both the fireplace and chimney should be properly vented and free of any type of blockage.
  • If your chimney has a cap make sure it is also regularly inspected and, if necessary, replaced. Chimney caps can keep out rain, birds, squirrels and other animals. A good chimney grate can also prevent sparks from exiting the chimney and potentially setting your roof on fire.
  • Remember to open the flue on your fireplace before you start a fire. Do NOT close the flue while a fire is still smoldering. This could result in an accumulation of carbon monoxide in your home.
  • Consider the different types of wood you can burn. If you’d like a bright fire that only needs to create a cozy atmosphere consider cottonwood, elm or maple. If the fireplace is being primarily used as a source of heat, burn harder, heavier woods such as ash or oak.
  • Equip the fireplace with a shield to prevent burning embers or shifting logs from coming out. Glass grates, which typically enclose the fireplace entirely, are usually the most effective. Wire mesh grates can also stop most sparks, but are not as impenetrable as glass.
  • Keep any combustible objects a minimum of 3 feet away from the fireplace. Also keep flammable objects, such as newspapers, magazines, rugs and carpeting, away from the fire.
  • Make sure an adult is always present in a room where a fire has been lit in the fireplace. Keep young children and pets away from the fire.
  • Remove any holiday decorations you may have hung on the fireplace or mantle before you light a fire. Do not use your fireplace as a way to grill food, burn holiday wrappings or to burn wood that has been painted or treated.
  • Make sure your home has a working fire extinguisher, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Consider our Grill Daddy King Tong Pro to help you place logs into the fire. The King Tong Pro has a pop up power handle with a Heat Shield to give added leverage and to your protect hands from flames. King Tong Pro has unbeatable gripping abilities and is perfect for use with fire pits and fireplaces.
Read more fireplace safety tips from the CPSC