We are expecting record cold temperatures on Thanksgiving day and you may be thinking of having a relaxing and warm fire in your fireplace.

Before you load the firewood in the house and light a match, there are some things to consider to make sure that it is safe and you don't burn the house down!

According to HouseLogic.com, there are a few easy ways to make sure that your current wood burning stove or fireplace is good to go.

Perhaps you moved in to a different house? Maybe it has been a few years since you had the fire crackling in the house?

HouseLogic.com shared these tips for your safety.

  • There’s no bird nest or debris buildup on the cap.
  • There are no tree limbs above or near the chimney.
  • The mortar and bricks on the chimney aren’t crumbling or missing.
  • The chimney rises at least 2 feet above where it exits the roof.
  • The chimney crown — the sloping cement shoulders at the top of the chimney — is beveled, which helps air flow.
  • The flue liner is visible above the chimney crown.
  • The chimney is plumb and not leaning to one side or the other.
  • The roof flashing is tight against the chimney.



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