It is true that home comfort appliances have changed the course of comfort by providing an increased and better indoor experience compared with what was available a few decades ago. But the thing that we need not forget is; precautions need to be taken no matter how efficient, safe and secure a home comfort appliance or system is. Gas Fireplace or simply any kind of Fireplace gives tantalising warmth in Winters and is also relatively a cheaper option compared with other home comfort heating solutions but when it comes to precautions, an utmost care has to be taken with Fireplace. If you've got a fireplace at home, this article is specially for you. Read the mistakes that usually homeowners make and can result in grave consequences.
No Professional Clean Up
We know that you're good at ''Do It Yourself'' aka DIY stuff and kudos to you for that. But when it comes to risky things like the fireplace, better not try the DIY else you'll end up in danger or probably in an emergency ward sooner or later. God forbid!
In order to avoid any accidents or unhappy events, it is recommended to let a highly experienced professional do the cleaning of the fireplace before you actually start using it. Try to schedule a tune-up before the Winters begin. This is because, during the Summers, insects, dust and other pollutants get stuck to the fireplace burners, chimneys and to the inside walls of the fireplace. Igniting a dirty Fireplace will not only hinder the efficiency of the Fireplace but will also result in strange sounds, odour and other such problems that will affect the overall home comfort. So, before you begin with Winters, make not the mistake of using a dirty Fireplace without having it cleaned by a pro.
Be careful about the size of the Fireplace mantel
Fireplace mantel is basically an ornamental facing around fireplace made merely for the purpose of decoration. Since people these days are overly conscious about keeping their interiors as spicy as possible, installing a Fireplace mantel is a good option to add some spice to the interior. There's a wide range of choices that you can choose from in order to have the Fireplace mantel of your choice but there are some good points to consider before you go for decorating your fireplace.
Consider the size of the fireplace and go for the mantel accordingly. A very thick mantel will end up giving your fireplace a dwarf look while a very thin mantel will fail to grab your guest's attention or add anything to the looks of the fireplace. So, go wisely and consult professionals before installing a fireplace with mantel.
Avoid placing combustible material near Fireplace
Some people are too irresponsible to be dealt with. The majority of the accidents that occur due to Fireplace are because of carelessness. Never ever place combustible material or any other chemicals close to the fireplace. Not even place them in cupboards above or beside the fireplace. This could be seriously dangerous. Also avoid placing clothes, rugs or other household related things near the main fireplace. Be careful and be safe!
Don't place LCDs above the Fireplace
So you saw the LCA mounted above the fireplace at a friend's house and thought to do the same? You're not the only one! LCDs mounted over the fireplace literally look cool and are getting trendy too. But once again, this could turn out to be a mistake if you don't consider the points to consider. In order to keep the screens secure, they need to be mounted with a fairly well distance from the fireplace mantel but that might bring you neck or muscle pains. And then, mounting them too close to the fireplace has not guarantee at all. This is what you'll do at your own risk. Also, this might cancel the LCD warranty.
Take care of the CO detector
With an open gas fireplace, installing a Carbon Monoxide detector becomes even more important. Remember that CO is a gadget that needs to be maintained properly else it will be of no use. If you've a CO detector installed, don't forget to check it regularly to make sure it's working fine. Better check the batteries on a monthly basis and have your inbuilt detector replaced after 5-10 years for better safety.
All we could do is to give you the information that might help you live a better, secure and comfortable life. Implementing the suggestions and following the guidelines is then your responsibility if you're concerned about yourself and your family and are ready to prove yourself a responsible Canadian citizen too.
Be Safe and never hesitate to contact us for any help, questions or consultation. We're always at service.