There is nothing more pleasant to create a festive atmosphere in the winter than to sit with the family in front of the fireplace to appreciate the heat and light it emits chimney restoration sycamore il. Of course, playing with fire is dangerous for children, so keep these AAP tips in mind before lighting the fireplace.


  • If possible, keep the sale open while the fire burns.
  • Check that the chimney flue is open before starting the fire. Keep the chimney draft open until the fire ends so that the smoke leaves the house. The flue of the chimney can be inspected by looking inside and up the chimney with a flashlight or a mirror. Do not close the flue of the chimney until the coals stop burning. 
  • Use dry and old wood. Wet or green wood produces more smoke and contributes to the accumulation of soot in the chimney. Dry wood makes less smoke and burns more evenly.
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
  • Discard the ashes of previous fires. The level of ash at the base of the chimney should be less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) as higher levels block the supply of air to the wood (logs) and produce more smoke.
  • A professional technician should maintain the fireplace every year.
  • Even if the chimney still does not clean, it is important to check that there are no animal nests or other obstructions that could prevent the smoke from coming out.
  • Make sure that the area around the fireplace is free of things that could be flammable (eg, furniture, curtains, newspapers, books, etc.). If you place these objects near the fireplace, they could catch fire.
  • Never leave the fireplace lit without watching it. Make sure it is completely turned off before going to bed or leaving the house. If you leave the room while the flame is burning or the fireplace is still hot, go out with your small child.
  • Minimize the chance that your child will burn by touching the glass door that has some chimneys. You must install protection grilles to reduce the risk of burns.
  • Place fireplace tools and accessories out of the reach of young children. In the same way, keep the lighters and matches (matches).
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Check that the batteries of these devices work at least once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Communicate to children as soon as possible the dangers of fire and heat generated by chimneys.

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