New London County Homeowners Insurance: Fireplace Safety Tips

New London County Homeowners Insurance Fireplace Safety TipsNew London County Homeowners Insurance: Fireplace Safety Tips

When it comes to your home, you want you do everything you can to protect it. While part of this is making sure your house is properly maintained, and purchasing the right New London County homeowners insurance policy, it’s important to be aware of all the unique risks your home may face. For example, if you have a fireplace, you are more likely to have a house fire. In fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year.

So what can you do as a homeowner to protect your home, valuables, and family? Here are 10 fireplace safety tips to potentially reduce or avoid your risk of a house fire.

  1. Have your chimney inspected annually by a certified chimney specialist, whether you have a wood burning or a gas fireplace.
  2. Ensure that your mantel and area around the hearth is clear of debris, decorations, and combustible materials.
  3. If children are present in the home, install a childproof fireplace gate.
  4. Never leave a fire unattended.
  5. Install smoke detectors on every floor of your house as well as inside and outside of bedrooms.
  6. Leave glass doors when burning a fire in your wood-burning fireplace. This helps make sure that the fire receives enough air and prevents creosote. Creosote is a gummy substance created during the burning process.
  7. If you have glass doors that are open while burning a fire, you should make sure the metal mesh screen is closed to prevent embers from flying out.
  8. Never start a fire with flammable liquids. Don’t burn trash, debris, or cardboard boxes.
  9. Avoid using soft, moist wood, which accelerates the buildup of creosote. Use seasoned hardwood instead.
  10. If you have an unvented gas fireplace, make sure you open at least one window for air circulation.

Following these safety tips could help you potentially avoid a devastating fire. It’s important to remember though, that the only foolproof way to protect yourself financially if damage does occur in your home, is with a New London County Homeowners Insurance Policy. Homeowners throughout Connecticut and Southern New England look to the Byrnes Agency to protect their homes in the event of damage or liability. Please contact us at one of our various locations listed below to learn more about this and our other Connecticut Personal Insurance products.

Dayville Office

Phone: (860) 774-85
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Norwich Office

Phone: (860) 886-5498
6 Consumers Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Woodstock Office

Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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