How To Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter Weather

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How To Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter Weather – Winter is coming soon! The simple thought in your head of sitting by a warm fire during the chilly months will soon become a reality. There are numerous things you need to do to make sure that your fireplaces is ready to handle the heat. Here are five tips to help you get your fireplace ready for winter weather.

 

Exterior

Look at your chimney from the outside ensure it is not damaged or slanted a certain way. Look for corrosion, stains, or anything that may need to be repaired before you begin using it again.

 

Clean It

This isn’t always a DIY project, but you should use your own judgment based on your knowledge of proper fireplace and chimney cleaning. You should consider hiring a professional  ensure your fireplace is in proper, clean shape for winter.

 

Be Prepared

Go for the right kind of burn and be prepared by purchasing the best wood (if you have a wood-burning fireplace). Softwoods such as pine and fir tend to spark too much, creating a potential fire hazard. Choose hardwoods instead, such as oak and cherry, and double check to make sure the wood is dry.

 

Replace Batteries

If your fireplaces is a gas-burning fireplace, make sure to replace the batteries in any optional remote transmitters. There is nothing worse than wanting to turn on your fire and not having any batteries on hand for the remote.

 

Test Smoke Detectors

Whether you have a gas or wood burning fireplace, you will want to double check all of the smoke detectors in your home. Remember to make safety first.  Fireplaces are wonderful in the winter months, so you want to handle all of the safety precautions before getting them started.

 

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