Fire Safety Tips for Your Family

The Holiday season is the favorite time of year for fireplaces. As temperatures continue to drop, you might burn a fire every day in order to supplement your central heating system, or your fireplace may be your main source of heat. No matter how often you light it or for what purpose, your fireplace is first and foremost a fire. It is dangerous and can be devastating if the right precautions aren’t made, and if it isn’t used properly.

Safety Tips

  1. fireplace safety & chimney sweep in Newbury NHMake sure it’s ready for a fire.
    Before lighting the first fire of the season, the chimney system should be assessed for safety. Your chimney may have worked well last year, but there may be hidden hazards that you cannot see—water damage from spring, a missing chimney cap or shifted flashing because of high wind, even animals can cause unseen damage when they’re allowed into your system to nest. Schedule an annual inspection and you can rest assured that your fireplace and chimney are ready for a fire. By having the chimney cleaned as well, it can be more efficient, saving you money and fuel. You can schedule a chimney sweep during the same appointment as your inspection!
  2. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
    You should check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms regularly. If you don’t have smoke alarms installed, do so as soon as possible. Smoke alarms keep families safe, whether from kitchen fires, dryer vent fires, or flue fires. Installing a carbon monoxide detector is necessary to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning because you cannot see carbon monoxide intrusion happening, and it can be a fatal poisoning. There are 10,000 carbon monoxide-related injuries per year.
  3. Burn only proper fuel.
    Wood should be cut and seasoned (dried) for 3-6 months before burning. Seasoned wood will burn cleaner than green wood, will help your chimney work more efficiently, will produce less ash and pollution, and will be easier to light and keep burning at the desired temperature. Burning other items (paper, clothes, pine needles, leaves) can lead to flue fires because these items are so light they rise up the chimney aflame. If you have a gas fireplace, you should never burn other items in your fireplace.
  4. Keep decorations away from the fireplace.
    When you’re setting up your tree, keep it a safe distance from the hearth opening. If the tree were to fall toward the fire, it should be far enough away that it doesn’t fall into or near the flames. You should regularly water trees that are real, because a dry Christmas tree can become a dangerous fire hazard. Garland, stockings, and lights should be fastened securely on the mantel. Be sure to remove hanging stockings before lighting your fire.
  5. Practice fireplace safety with your family.
    Never leave the fire unattended, and don’t leave children alone with a fire. Teach children to stay away from the fireplace even when it isn’t lit. Coals and ashes in a fireplace can stay hot for up to 24 hours once a fire is out! Make an escape plan with your family with two ways out, and practice it. Utilize accessories like long-handled tools and fire screens for added protection against burns.

Contact Us

At Black Moose Chimney & Stove we want to help our customers stay safe and warm this winter. Call a Black Moose chimney expert for questions or concerns about your fireplace and chimney today.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)