We love the beauty, crackling, warmth and coziness of a fire in the living room. But even we can’t ignore the fact that there are some dangers to having a fireplace. So let’s take a look at what these dangers are and how you can avoid them.
The biggest danger of a fire is the exposure to smoke.
Excessive exposure to smoke can lead to an asthma attack and bronchitis. If that’s not enough, it can also aggravate heart and lung disease. So make sure you don’t let smoke escape by keeping the damper open at all times and following the tips below. As a guide, you should never be able to smell smoke. If you do, then something is wrong.
The other danger of a fireplace is burning yourself. If you do get burned and it is a severe burn, then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. If it is not severe at all, then you can use a natural home remedy for burns, such as coconut oil, which you can read all about here: http://naturesbestcures.com/best-home-remedy-sunburn/
As a guide, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, even short term exposure to smoke can be detrimental to health. Make sure young and older people are not exposed, as they are more prone to the negative side effects of a fire.
Here’s some tips to make sure you limit exposure to smoke coming from the fireplace:
Always open the damper as soon as the fireplace fire is build and keep it open until the fire is completely out. These will prevent dangerous gasses such as carbon monoxide to escape into your living room.
Don’t use charcoal, as it can lead to excessive carbon monoxide escaping into the room.
Don’t let pets or young children get too close to an active fire. Dogs like the heat, but you’ll have to prevent them from coming too close, as this can burn them.
Each season, you should have you flue and chimney inspected and cleaned.
With these tips, you should be ok. But it’s important to be vigilant. Also, make sure you enjoy your fireplace. It is dangerous if you don’t maintain the fireplace, and if you don’t build the fire in the right way. But apart from that, it can bring heat into a home, and make your winters so much better.
Making a fire isn’t something we’re taught at school unfortunately. So I know a lot of people that just don’t have a clue where to start when making a fireplace fire. When they do give it a try, they either do a terrible job and the fire is not long lived. Or worse, they end up smoking the entire room out. So here’s my top tips to build a great fireplace fire (and a video to show you how to build the best fire possible).
Use seasoned wood, since this has lost much of it’s moisture. The way to know its seasoned wood is that it will appear darker and will be lighter (due to the loss of moisture). Seasoned wood will also smoke much less than young, wetter wood.
Open the damper, as having the damper closed is the primary reason smoke comes out of the fireplace for many people.
Open a window. Last thing you want to do in the winter, but a fireplace actually needs a lot of air to burn up, so this will fuel the fire and make it warmer much faster.
Turn off the furnace, since it’s unnecessary and will compete with the fireplace fire.
Burn an upside down fire, which works much better. So wood will be at the bottom, and newspapers will be at the top.
The good news is that you don’t have to just read my tip tips, just watch the video, and learn by seeing someone else do it first. Hope this helps!
Following these steps will have you building a fireplace fire like a pro in no time! Enjoy the winter, which will be cozy, warm and fun (now that you know all about building a fire). Let me know in the comments what your tip has been.
With modern heating, you might wonder why exactly you need to invest in a nice fireplace. Let’s face it, they are more expensive, more work and they get messy. Why not just stick to normal electric heating? Well, despite all the disadvantages, a beautiful fireplace can make or break a house. In fact, I’ll go a step further, it can turn a house into a home. There is nothing nicer than turning on a fire in the winter and snuggling up with a book in front of it. You certainly can’t do that with your electric heating.
Me personally, I love working in front of a fireplace. In my spare time I like writing blogs, and being in front of a relaxing fireplace helps me to concentrate. In fact, it’s in front of my fire that I come up with my best ideas. Here’s a blog I created on Lumonol nootropic reviews and finding ways to get smarter. I build this blog while sitting in my living room listening to the crackling of my fireplace! It’s incredible how a relaxed mind can help you achieve so much more.
To give you a little preview of what your life could be like with a proper fire, here’s a video of a fireplace. Watch the flames, listen to the crackling sounds and picture the real thing in your own living room. It certainly would make your house warmer and cozier.
Don’t tell me that sound isn’t relaxing. I think it’s time for you to consider buying a fireplace, doing some more reading and starting to enjoy being in your own home!