Apparently, Fire Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to fire building.
Things to do before you light a fire
- Have the chimney checked by a chimney professional.
- Know how to operate the fireplace or stove.
- Have the right hearth tools and equipment.
- Check your home's fire safety equipment.
For the sake of fire safety, have your chimney checked at least once each year by a chimney professional. Your chimney professional will check to see if the chimney requires cleaning, and will also check for unsafe conditions in the chimney.
And while you are thinking about fire safety, check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Replace the batteries in smoke alarms regularly.
Many businesses are required to have their fire extinguishers inspected yearly. It is a good habit for homeowners, too. Local fire departments usually will inspect them for you, free of charge, or for a nominal fee. Make sure you have the right kind of extinguisher. It should be labeled with the types of fires it is designed for, but if you are not sure, ask your local fire department for more information. They also can generally provide you with information about establishing fire drill routines and exit routes for the safety of your family.
A little bit of preparation can prevent a lot more than a bad experience, and will put your mind at ease.