There’s nothing more comforting than a roaring fire on a chilly winter’s day. Now that the sun has appeared and temperatures are hotting up, you may be thinking that it’s an ideal time to give your fireplace a clean. Here are some tips to help you safely clean out a fireplace.
How to safely clean out a fireplace
The fireplace is a feature of many homes, especially in the winter months. Lighting a fire can make your home cosy, but there are dangers associated with fireplaces. One problem you may encounter is the chimney becoming blocked. To solve this, you may be thinking about getting your cleaning equipment out and trying to safely clean out a fireplace. Unless you have the know-how to do a professional job, if you suspect your chimney may be blocked, it’s best to call in the experts. Having your chimney swept will remove blockages and reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If the chimney isn’t blocked, but you’d like to give the fireplace a spring clean, make sure you’ve got some old clothes on, and put down some newspaper or dust sheets. Use a brush to dislodge soot from around the hearth and above the fire, and sweep it up using a dustpan or vacuum cleaner. Once you’ve removed all the loose bits of soot, grab a damp towel and some cleaning solution and wipe down the tiles or stone cladding.
The dangers of fireplaces
We all tend to gather around the fire when it’s cold and miserable outside. If you have an open fire at home, pay attention to these safety tips to prevent fireplace accidents and home fires:
- Use a fireguard to create a barrier around the fire
- Supervise children at all times
- Don’t leave the fire unattended
- Have your chimney swept once a year
- Stay well back from the fire
If you’ve been injured after using a fire in a rental home or you’ve developed carbon monoxide poisoning and no alarms were provided, you may be thinking about claiming compensation. If you’d like to lodge a faulty product claim or you’re keen to find out more about claiming compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24/7 and we have more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury claims. We make the process simple, and we have a strict no-win, no-fee* policy.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice