Fireplace Care 101: Winter Maintenance Tips for a Safe and Toasty Season

Cleaning ash out of a fireplace

Stay on top of cleaning your fireplace and chimney during the winter

As the winter season approaches, it's important to make sure your fireplace is well-maintained for a cozy and warm atmosphere. 

Here are three key tips to help you out:

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance
Stay on top of cleaning your fireplace and chimney during the winter to prevent buildup of ash, soot, and creosote. Use a fireplace shovel and brush to remove debris from the firebox after each use. Remember to schedule professional chimney sweep inspections and cleanings to address creosote buildup and catch any potential issues early on.

Burn Seasoned Firewood
Choose seasoned hardwood firewood for efficient and clean burning in your fireplace. Seasoned wood, properly dried and aged, has lower moisture content and reduces creosote production. Avoid burning green or unseasoned wood to prevent excess smoke, creosote buildup, and reduced fireplace efficiency.

Maintain Proper Airflow
Keep the damper open when the fire is burning to ensure sufficient airflow in your fireplace. This allows oxygen to reach the fire, promoting efficient combustion and reducing smoke buildup. Close the damper once the fire is out to prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney. Proper airflow not only improves your fireplace's performance but also helps maintain a cozy home environment.

By following these helpful tips, you can more safely enjoy a smoothly running fireplace all winter long, creating a safe and welcoming ambiance for you and your loved ones.


The information presented in this document is for informational and educational purposes only. It is intended to assist individuals, farmers, and business owners in identifying common hazards/risks and considering proactive loss prevention or loss mitigation actions. For information related to specific loss hazards, please contact your insurance agent.

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