Minimize Fireplace Hazards

Careful attention to safety can minimize fireplace hazards.

Many people choose Fireplaces and Wood Stoves as a source of heat for our mild Florida winters. Don't be fooled by our short cold season. Be aware of the safety hazards when controlling a live fire.

  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.
  • Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors, for it can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
  • NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. This can cause the ashes to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.
  • Do not use excessive amounts of paper to build raging fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to preventing embers or sparks from jumping out.