In order for your fireplace and chimney to work as efficiently and as safely as possible, you need to undergo some simple preparations to get the system ready for cold weather.
Before you light the first fire of the season, it is recommended by many national fire safety organizations to have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected. This maintenance task will ensure that you do not need any essential repairs and that your chimney is free of soot and creosote.
Space Heater Safety Precautions
Space heaters carry a much greater risk of causing a fire than central heating, such as a central furnace. Space heaters present a greater potential for human error such as leaving them too close to combustible materials or failing to install, fuel, operate and maintain them properly.
Safety must be a top consideration when using space heaters. Room gas heaters, portable kerosene heaters and portable electric heaters have the highest risk of death and injuries, including non-fire related deaths due to carbon monoxide.