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 very soon! The simple thought in your head of bundling up and staying cozy by a warm fire during the freezing cold months will soon become a reality. There are numerous things you will need to do to ensure that your fireplace is prepared to handle the heat. Here are five tips to help you get your fireplace ready for winter weather.

Exterior

Go outside your house and check out your chimney to ensure it is not damaged or leaning a certain way. Search for corrosion, stains, or anything that might need to be repaired before you begin using it again.

Clean It

This is not always a DIY project, but you can use your own judgment based on your knowledge of appropriate fireplace and chimney cleaning. You should consider hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your fireplace is in good, clean shape for the winter months.

Be Prepared

It is very important with the winter months approaching that you are prepared with the best wood if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Softwoods such as pine and fir often spark excessively, which creates a potential fire hazard. Choose hardwoods such as oak and cherry instead and make sure the wood is dry.

Replace Batteries

If your fireplace is a gas-burning fireplace, then make sure to replace the batteries in any optional remote transmitters.  It is never a good feeling when you want to turn on your fire, but do not have 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 safety is more important than anything else.  And while fireplaces are wonderful in the winter months, you want to make sure all of the safety precautions are met before starting your fireplace.

For more information and tips on getting your fireplace ready for the winter weather, visit here.

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