Claus uses your fireplace only one night a year to
provide that old holiday cheer.
likely you use it much more often to keep your home and
are some safety tips from Napoleon Fireplaces:
your chimney cleaned before starting to use a
wood-burning fireplace, stove, or insert.
leading cause of fires from wood-burning appliances is
creosote — unburned fuel — that has accumulated in
any gasket material in the fireplace unit inspected and
replaced as required, such as the gasket sealing the
door, the door glass, and, in some cases, the ash dump.
any broken or deteriorated brick lining in a
the brick lining is deteriorated to the point that the
steel body is exposed, heat from the fire can cause
gas-burning fireplaces serviced, using a qualified
technician. Even the glass must be cleaned annually to
keep it looking clear.
the blower if the unit is equipped with one. Blowers do
not have filtering systems to prevent buildup of dust
and hair. As dust accumulates on the blower blades, the
balance of the blower will change, causing premature
wearing of the bearings. Dust also insulates the motor,
preventing it from being cooled, and can eventually
cause the motor to seize up.
the airways. Combustion systems are affected by dust,
too, and even insects can impair their performance.
airways of both the pilot and the main burners should be
regularly cleaned to ensure that they are operating
correctly, and a general inspection of the entire
system, including the safety controls, is also
the batteries in any optional remote transmitters and,
in some cases, in the receiver, as well. Even when the
fireplace is not being used, the power held in a battery
is slowly depleted.
and replace the batteries and test any smoke or carbon
monoxide detectors you have in your home to ensure that
those defense monitors are always operating properly.