Category: Fireplaces | Published: 13 Apr, 2018

3 tips for checking the safety of your fireplace

Though fireplaces and stoves are typically extremely safe to have in your home, they still need a little TLC, (just like the rest of us).

You should see to it that you are cleaning them every so often to ensure they are always looking their best. Seeing as you’ll be paying extra attention to your fireplace or stove when cleaning, why not check that it is in full working order whilst you’re at it?

There are a few ways in which you can ensure that your fireplace is always working at its best capacity but if you’re looking for a little extra guidance, here are our top tips:

  1. Check the outside

Many people overlook the importance of checking the outside of your fireplace as damage is not so easily seen here. Whether you have a chimney or a flue, it is important that you check that it is in full working order regularly. You’re going to want to check that the top of the flue or chimney is clear from obstruction such as bird nests or build ups, as these can hinder the filtering of the smoke.

If you do not have a chimney nor a flue, and do not like the sounds of an installation of one then why not check out the alternatives such as a flueless fire, or an electric stove?

Top tip: if you have a particularly high flue or chimney, it is best to play it safe and examine it with binoculars at first. If you spot anything peculiar then it is best to call in reinforcements to help you rectify the problem. Your personal safety comes first, then your fireplaces!

  1. Check the inside

One of the most important ways in which to check the safety of your fireplace is an internal inspection. This can be easily done with a torch and a keen pair of eyes. You’re going to want to check that there are no blockages within the internal mechanisms of the fireplace, such as up the flue. If such issues are left untreated they can compromise the heat that is provided from your fireplace, so it’s best to check for such issues early on (just in case).

Top tip: again, although it is unlikely, you’ll want to check that your fireplace is free from any debris as this can compromise its performance. It’s incredibly unlikely that you will ever encounter any issues, but it’s best to make sure just in case.

  1. Generally inspect

Though you’ll be having a good general inspection of your fireplace when cleaning it, it’s also worth spending a little extra time checking for any safety compromises. There isn’t much to check through, you’ll just want to ensure that there is no cracked or missing mortar or bricks around the fireplace. Or, if you have a stove, that the glass door is not chipped. Such cosmetic damages have the potential to be dangerous to those around them, especially young children, so it’s always a good idea to have a quick look around and an inspect of your fireplace whilst cleaning it.

Top tip: the cleaner your fireplace is, the easier it is to inspect for cracks and chips so make sure you are regularly cleaning. This not only ensures your fireplace is looking its best, but also working its best too.


For more information on fireplace safety, or to browse our range of fireplaces and stoves, get in touch with ELB Fireplaces today.

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