10/05/2018- It’s the time of year when residents may start relying on their fireplace for a little extra comfort in their homes, but safety officials say without proper precautions, that evening in front of the fire could quickly turn into a disaster. Firefighters typically see an increase in house fires during the fall and winter and it’s not uncommon for those fires to start in the chimney. Jason Lemire with the Marinette Fire Department says the best way to avoid this in your home is to make sure your fireplace and chimney are in good shape before lighting a fire.
Other tips Lemire has for safe fire practices this heating season are to only burn seasoned hardwood in your fireplace- never cardboard or garbage- and clear any leaves, debris, or overhanging branches from your roof. Additionally, fires should never be left unattended, especially overnight. If you do suspect a chimney fire, evacuate your home immediately and dial 911