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Feb 24, 2014

Did you know that approximately one in three Californians owns and regularly uses a wood-burning fireplace? Furthermore, according to the United States Fire Administration, approximately 36% of all house fires are caused by lack of fireplace or wood-burning stove maintenance. Fortunately, home owners can prevent these types of fires by simply taking the proper safety precautions.

Cleaning is Vital

Many fires involving fireplaces are caused by a buildup of creosote within chimneys. Creosote is created when wood burns and builds up in layers over time. This material is highly flammable, so if enough layers build up, it can easily cause a fire. To prevent such fires, home owners should have chimney cleaning done regularly in addition to burning a creosote log once a month, which will help to break it down.

Furthermore, areas surrounding fireplaces should be kept clean and free of debris at all times. Keeping flammable materials at least five feet away from a burning fireplace can help to prevent the possibility of a fire. Fireplace screens should also be used at all times to keep stray flames from spreading outside the fireplace itself.

For more information on fireplace safety and burn laws in California, contact Gateway Professional Insurance Services in the Vacaville, California area today.

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