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Chimney Safety Tips

Chimney Safety Tips

Leaning toward an old wood-burning fireplace to help cut your heating bill this winter? Before you spark a log you should know, fireplaces and chimneys are involved in 42% of all home-heating fires. So before you use your fireplace, ensure you know how to properly use it and follow these safety tips.

  1. Hire a chimney sweep – The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year to remove soot and debris. A professional chimney sweep should also inspect for any damages.
  2. Cap your chimney – Chimney caps will keep rain, birds, squirrels, and debris from entering your chimney. Repair or replace a missing or damaged cap.
  3. Burn seasoned hardwood – Choose dense wood that has been split and stored in a high and dry place for at least 6 months.
  4. Don’t overload – Small fires generate less smoke and less creosote buildup. Large, hot fires can potentially crack your chimney.
  5. Build it right – Place logs at the rear of the fireplace on a metal grate. Use kindling instead of flammable liquids to start the fire.
  6. Use a spark guard. Spark guards will prevent embers from shooting out of the fireplace. A guard in front of the fireplace is especially important when the room is unoccupied.

Winter is coming. It will be here before we know it. Get everything prepared for the cold months now before it’s too late! Stay warm and safe all winter long. Another good tip is to contact Spencer Insurance Agency at (215) 885-2200 or online at https://spencerinsurance.com/ to review your homeowners insurance policy before you strike a match.

Source: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/fireplaces/21018422/how-to-prep-your-fireplace-for-the-cold-season

Winter is coming. Are you prepared?

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Winter is right around the corner.  Are you ready?  Not sure what you need to do?  Well, I am here to help you.  Spencer Insurance Agency has a “Winter Tips” section on our website.  I rather see you out sledding or skiing than repairing your car or home.

Is your car ready for winter?

And don’t forget to prepare your home for winter. Do you remember the “Ice Storm” a couple years ago?  Read over our “Winter Storm Power Outage Tips.”

Do you find yourself inside more during the winter?  This is a great time to get your finances in order.  Check out our “Tips on financial planning this winter.”

We have some additional useful links in our “Winter Section” so check them out today.

Give us a call today at 215-885-2200 for an insurance review or answers to your questions.

We hope you have an enjoyable winter and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   Make sure you share your holiday pictures with us.  Post them on our Facebook page or send them to us for our newsletter.  We love seeing magical moments with your families.

 

Have you check out our special “Winter Section” of our website?

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Cold, snow and ice make us want for Spring. Well Spring is not too far away.

Spencer Insurance added a “Winter Section” to our website with tips for teen drivers, tips on how to prepare for a Winter Storm power outage, and tips for getting your financial house in order. Take some time now while you are confined to the indoors to review these tips. Let us know if you find them helpful. Add your own tips by commenting below.