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Before You Light That Fire, What To Check To Prevent Damage To Your Home

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We've had a few chilly mornings already this season and as you consider lighting a fire to heat up the house there are a few things you'll want to do first. We've had a few chilly mornings already this season and as you consider lighting a fire to heat up the house there are a few things you'll want to do first.
NBCRightNow.com - We've had a few chilly mornings already this season and as you consider lighting a fire to heat up the house there are a few things you'll want to do first.

The Fire Marshal in Kennewick told us Monday that it's important to look at your venting for your heating system. Make sure it's not clogged. This time of year it's common for people to cause fires when debris trapped inside burns and sparks flames.

If you burn wood in a fireplace he says fresh cut wood can lead to buildup of what's called creosote. It's that flaky tar stuff lining the chimney that can ignite and cause house fires.

"We'll see some of the apartments and condominiums that will have a smaller type fire unit where now they'll bring in and overload it and have a fire that's actually burning hotter than what that unit was designed for," said Kennewick Fire Marshal Mark Yaden.

Yaden also says make sure not to overload fireplaces with wood. Too much heat can start fires from spreading out of the fireplace

The outsides of our homes need checking too. Make sure your vents or your spark arrestors aren't clogged or covered before you light that first fire. 
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