When you think of a nice fireplace, you probably conjure up happy images of cozy nights and hot chocolate. While this is all definitely related to a lovely fireplace, you may not be properly considering some of the dangers associated with having one in your home. There are some important health concerns and regulations for you to be educated about in order to enjoy your fireplace without putting you and your family in needless danger.
While the homey smell of a fireplace is very different from that of an exhaust pipe of a car, studies are finding that the particles emitted by both heat sources are very similar. When you breathe in smoke from your fireplace, it is the same as breathing in the exhaust from your minivan, and the negative effects are especially dangerous for children with asthma.
If you want to safely enjoy your fireplace, then make sure you do the following:
- Get your chimney serviced on a regular basis
- Clean away the ashes
- Burn safe and dry wood to lessen the amount of smoke
- Gain a working knowledge of your flue and how it works