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Don’t Use Your Fireplace For Heating Purposes

Holiday FireplaceThe Midwest Chimney Safety Council released a warning recently that fireplaces should not be used solely for heating purposes. There are certain free-standing heat sources that are designed for heating purposes, like gas and wood-burning fireplace inserts.

Marge Padgitt, the MCSC President, stated “All fireplaces are decorative appliances and are not designed for heating purposes. If overused or over-fired, heat can transfer to nearby hidden combustible framing and cause a house fire. Open fireplaces are designed to be used for small, ambient fires only.”

Padgitt’s statement applies to both manufactured and masonry fireplaces.

If the homeowner does not have electricity and doesn’t have a proper type of heating appliance, they should not turn to their fireplace for heat. They should never use a grill, gas cooking stove, or chimney indoors due to the high risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

The cold weather can put a strain on our heating resources, it’s important to listen to your chimney sweep and restoration professionals. It’s also important to have your chimney and fireplace cleaned before you start using it for the season.

Contact Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration today for a chimney inspection and cleaning.

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