Having a chimney comes with a huge responsibility. The presence of chimney increases the chances of fire accidents because the flames are unpredictable.
As wood burns, it products smoke and carbon monoxide that can stick around the insides of the chimney and form a film called creosote. Take note that this film is highly flammable so it must be scraped off immediately. Here are other things you can do to reduce risk of a chimney fire:
It is advised to burn “seasoned wood” because they are extremely dry. Wood with higher moisture content emits a heavier smoke, which increases creosote buildup.
Start small fires using less wood to reduce the amount of smoke and carbon dioxide. Consequently, creosote formation will be decreased.
Avoid burning cardboards, paper towels, wrapping paper, paper bags and other sorts of trash. Certain materials can create sparks can spread burn the carpet or sofa near the fireplace.
Find a reliable chimney inspector and cleaner. It is important the chimney is inspected professionally at least once every 6 months. The cleaning should also be handled by a trained person.
If you have a chimney at home, it would be prudent to have a fire extinguisher in the living room. Keep in mind that it is cheaper and easier to practice preventative methods than to deal with fire damage.