No matter what type of fireplace you have or what you choose to burn in that fireplace, it is very important to use a fireplace safely and know how to properly maintain it. Here are some fireplace safety tips to follow:
Make sure that your fireplace is inspected annually by a professional chimney sweep. The chimney sweep who inspects your fireplace should be certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and as a fire inspector.
Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned by a certified chimney sweep when there is a 1/4″ or more build up of creosote.
Trim any branches near the chimney of your fireplace.
Make sure there is a screen barrier around the top of the chimney on your fireplace to prevent birds and other wildlife from nesting on or in your chimney.
Use a fire screen in front of the fireplace to contain embers and logs inside your fireplace and keep young children away.
Never overload your fireplace to prevent logs from rolling out of your fireplace and starting a fire in your home.