There’s something about having a fireplace that most adults can truly appreciate. For some, having a fireplace means more decoration than functionality. If you have pets that are curious or that like to hide out in the chimney opening, you should consider a few safety tips that will help you use your fireplace without having to worry about pet injury or anything along those lines. Consider the following tips that will help you protect your pets from harm.
Set Up a Gate
First and foremost, you should check out setting up a good gate. A gate can allow the heat to come into the room and will let you have a fire burning without worrying about your pets getting too close for comfort. Of course, you will also want to ensure that there are doors in place so that they cannot sleep or hang out inside the opening. Setting up a gate should be simple, and shouldn’t be easy to jump over or move. A gate can be installed in addition to a screen or doors if you need even more added security.
Keep Them Out
Another good tip to consider is training your pets to keep out of the areas completely. Do not allow them to get inside the fireplace at all. It’s very important that you keep this in mind. Keep your pets out and train them to stay away even while the fire is not lit. If you train them properly, when it comes time to set up a fire, you won’t have to worry about this too much. But remember; don’t ever leave your pet alone in the room with an active fire in the fireplace.
Be Proactive and Alert
Perhaps the most important tip that you can take with you today is another simple one, be proactive and alert as to what you’re doing, how your setting up a fire, and where your pets are at all times. Never leave your pets unsupervised with the fire going, and don’t forget to have the gate in place to protect them. Most animals won’t push over a pet gate or try to get into the fire, but you still should be wary of what they do and where they are at all times.
Aside from the safety tips above, make sure that you have your chimney and fireplace inspected and swept at least once a year. You want to ensure that the interior is clear of debris, swept, and free of blockages and damage. Creosote buildup is managed entirely by the annual cleaning. It becomes a fire hazard at a mere 1/4 inch thick. When in doubt, call in a pro and ask about more tips to assist with protecting your pet from issues with a fireplace and chimney opening.
We provide chimney services to all homeowners in the Delaware County area and the Main Line. Ask about our monthly specials when you call to schedule your appointment. We’re currently offering $20 off of a chimney cleaning and we will have a good money saving offer for September as well.