When coming home on a cold Winter's night, all you want to do is snuggle up by the fireplace. With the convenience and satisfaction of a fireplace at the reach of your fingertips, all you have to do is turn on the fireplace...right? It's not always that simple and today we will be going over why there's so much more to fireplace safety.

Fireplaces are more than just Decoration

When going to turn on the fireplace, most homeowners have no doubt that it's safe. This misconception is made by many homeowners that trust too easily or are just not educated on the possible dangers.

You may think that a fireplace is just a seasonal decoration with the benefit of staying cozy during the Fall and Winter seasons. Without question, a fireplace is a great way to spice up the overall style of your living space but it has other purposes too. The obvious purpose of a fireplace is to heat up your home. Although, did you know they can carry all sorts of unknown safety risks? These risks include a list of potential hazards.

Overtime, creosote builds up in the flu of the chimney. This can cause many safety issues regarding the heath of homeowners. You might be thinking, "What's the big deal with a little bit of creosote?" Well, that "little" bit of creosote can create some big problems. Did you know that one of the main contributing factors that leads to housefires is the buildup of creosote.

Fireplace Safety Precautions

Every year, more than twenty five thousand house fires occur from just chimney fires. These chimney fires are direct results of what happens when you don't treat your fireplace with proper care.

Since you have now been educated on the dangers that come from an unsafe fireplace, let's go over how to prevent these hazards. There are precautions that need to taken into account when maintaining a fireplace.

Fireplaces are a wonderful add on to any home. They create a safe environment for friends and family to gather around in unity. If you own a fireplace, you should feel comfortable sitting by your fireplace. If you are not confident that your fireplace is safe to turn on, then don't turn it on. This may be obvious but you wouldn't believe just how many homeowners make these unwise decisions. Don't let that be you.

With Winter right about the corner, you and your family will be using your fireplace often. Therefore, there are many problems a fireplace can have if not attended to and maintained properly. Of course, having a fireplace is a great additive to create.

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Sitting next to the warm fire and enjoying a mug of steaming hot chocolate is a holiday tradition many families enjoy. Although, do you know if your fireplace is safe to use? What if you go to turn on your fireplace this holiday season just to realize that your fireplace won't turn on. Let's discuss a few reasons why a fireplace may not be turning on and why this is a health concern.

Masters Services is a company who cares about the well-being of their customers and that is why we want to help prevent any unsafe predicaments from occurring in your home. Your safety will always be our number one priority.

Should I avoid using my fireplace?

Many homeowners are afraid of using their fireplace after hearing the possible dangers they may bring into the home. Some people are worried about safety concerns so they question whether they should avoid their fireplace altogether. This is not an adequate way of dealing with safety precautions when it comes to fireplace safety.

Do not be afraid of your fireplace. You should not become worried or frightened unless you have a reason to feel like your fireplace is not safe. If you are taking care of your fireplace and your fireplace has been professionally inspected then you have no need to be concerned.

Are fireplaces safe for Children?

The comforting warmth from a fireplace is meant to be enjoyed by absolutely everyone. This means that fireplaces are safe for the little ones too. Of course, they are only safe if the fireplace has been inspected and cleaned.

Children can only sit by a fireplace if an adult is with them and actively paying attention to where the child is sitting and if they are attempting to touch any part of fireplace.

Yearly Inspections are key to Fireplace Safety

Fireplace safety isn't just about what you choose to put in your fireplace or how you approach lighting your fireplace. You can everything perfectly but you haven't had an annual inspection on your fireplace then it's all pointless.

Getting an inspection every year is very important when it comes to fireplace safety and the overall safety of you, your family, and your home. When you schedule an inspection, make sure it's by a certified specialist. Make an appointment to let Masters Services come out and complete your annual fireplace inspection.

If you have had a yearly inspection done on your fireplace, the last thing you need to look at is the glass doors of your fireplace. Don't have glass doors installed on your fireplace? If you don't have any sort of glass doors on your fireplace then you need to have a mesh screen.

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A yearly inspection should prevent most fireplace safety concerns that any homeowner may have when obtaining fireplace maintenance.

Know how to Light and Put out Fires

When lighting a gas fireplace, there are certain steps you must remember when going to light or even put out a fire. If not gone about correctly then safety concerns will arise. This is why you and your family need to take proper precautions when attending to your fireplace at home.

Make sure when you are putting out a fire, you let the ashes cool before disposing of them elsewhere if you are using a fireplace that is fueled by wood. It's best to keep an ash bucket near by the fireplace if you have wood burning fireplace.

Fireplace Safety for Children

Fireplaces should be safe for everyone to enjoy. This includes children and adults of all ages. There are a few rules that you need to remember when letting a child near a burning fireplace.

First off, never leave a fire unattended. Nonetheless, never leave a child alone in a room near a fireplace that is turned on. This may seem like common knowledge but it doesn't even cross some parents minds that it can be dangerous to let a child sit by the fireplace without adult supervision.

The next rule you need to set is not just for the safety of your children but for the safety of everyone living in the house as well. As I mentioned earlier, you must always keep up with yearly inspections.

Annually, you must schedule just one simple chimney and fireplace inspection. Just an inspection once a year can potentially prevent a housefire and or  avoid risking the lives of you and your family.

What am I supposed to burn in my Fireplace?

A common misbelief is that an indoor gas fireplaces are suitable to burn all types of objects. This is not true and you can't fuel your fireplace with anything other gas logs designed for fireplace use.

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Wood should never be used as fuel in a gas fireplace for several reasons. Destruction of the entire fireplace and even the home are two risks that you take when attempting to burn wood on a gas fireplace.

Now it might seem convincing that wood is the source of fuel to power on a fireplace and to get a fire started. This may be true if you are creating a make-shift firepit while camping but it's a completely different story with an indoor gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces can't be fueled by anything other than gas combustion.

 

Gas Logs for Your Fireplace

We offer RH Peterson gas logs. These gas logs are the highest quality logs you could get your hands on. They have everything to satisfy your home's style. They have a realistic look to them that adds so much value.

Masters Services offers many different options of gas logs for our customers. We sell a variety therefore, there is a set of gas logs for absolutely everyone.

We have been selling quality gas logs for over 16 years and throughout those years, we have installed more than 6000 gas log sets. Have Masters Services come out and install gas logs for your gas fireplace today.

Have Masters Services come out and install gas logs for your gas fireplace today if you want to feel warm and cozy when those chill nights come!

Burning Fireglass

If you want to spice up the style of your gas fireplace even more, we offer burning glass. Decorative burning glass pairs great with gas logs.

Masters Services automatically installs every gas fireplace with green embers but then the customer has to decide whether they want gas logs, burning gas, or even both.

Although, you don't need to add both gas logs and burning fireglass to your fireplace. Most people just choose one of the other. If you do choose to include both options in your fireplace, you won't be disappointed. It's a huge style upgrade for you won't regret.

Burning glass comes in several colors that match to the style of your home. If you want to add fireglass into your fireplace, you would need to choose between geometric stones, fyre gems, fyre glass, and diamond nuggets.

 

Go to our website to take a look at a few of our fireglass options we offer for gas fireplaces.

Burning Glass In Stone Fireplace

Hire a Professional to do the Job

When it comes to the safety of your home, you should be selective on who you hire. Especially when you're talking about fireplace safety, you should always hire the best option available to you.

 

You should hire Masters Services for all your fireplace and chimney needs. Our team consists of professional employees who are specially trained for the job. They know exactly what to look for when inspecting a fireplace and how to complete the task in a safe manner with ease. When you hire us for a fireplace cleaning you will not be disappointed with our top tier technicians.

We train our technicians until they know how to perfect the job and finish an inspection and cleaning the correct way.

You should hire Masters Services for all your fireplace and chimney needs. Our team consists of professional employees who are specially trained for the job. They know exactly what to look for when inspecting a fireplace and how to complete the task in a safe manner with ease. When you hire us for a fireplace cleaning you will not be disappointed with our top tier technicians.