Winter is almost here and few things are as comforting as the smell of wood burning in the fireplace of you Santa Cruz home. Before you light the first fire of the year, there are a few things you need to do. Here is the short list for fireplace safety:
Clean Out the Chimney
Everyone wants to get out of the cold weather, including birds and squirrels. Have a chimney cap installed at the top of the chimney to keep out small animals looking for shelter. The cap will also keep debris from clogging the chimney.
Have a professional clean out any creosote residue. Creosote is the build-up of carbon from burning wood. It is flammable and needs to be removed every year.
Creosote is hazardous to your health. It can cause respiratory problems, so don’t…