1. Keep the area in front of the fireplace clear of paper and debris
Placing decorations close to the fireplace increases the risk of a fire, so keep them at a safe distance. If your fireplace doesn’t have a glass door, use a wire mesh screen to prevent embers from escaping.
2. Don’t burn your Christmas tree
Pine creates more creosote, the build-up that will cause a fire in your chimney. Also, throwing wrapping paper, boxes, or trash into the fireplace will create more build-up.
3. Keep the area near the chimney clear
If you have trees that hang over the house near the chimney, make sure branches and leaves are at least 15 feet away.
4. Think small
If you try to burn too much wood, the chimney can crack and you run the risk of creosote build-up. Burn wood on a grate placed near the back of the fireplace and avoid large stacks.
5. Start Fires with Newspaper or Kindling
Gasoline or kerosene should never be used when starting a fire in your fireplace. These accelerants may make the process a bit easier, but it’s not worth the risk. Burning down your house or inhaling harmful fumes is not on anyone’s agenda.