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Operating Your Fireplace In Warm Weather: What You Need To Know
The varied weather in Houston makes it tempting to use your fireplace on those cooler days to add ambiance and romance. Is it even possible to light a successful fire? It can be! You just need to make certain you are set up right for it and understand the risks associated with using your unit in the summer.
Is It Safe To Build Fires On Hot Days?
When it comes down to it, fireplaces are not meant to be operated when it’s hot outside. Wood-burning units are especially temperamental in these situations, but no matter the fuel type, it is important to practice caution when attempting to light fires on hot days. Is it even possible to light a successful fire? It can be! You just need to make certain you are set up right for it. Get our experts on the job to check things up and down and ensure everything is in perfect shape.
The Dangers Of Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Exposure
One of the biggest risks involved with operating a faulty fireplace on a hot day is an increased likelihood of smoke and carbon monoxide entering your home. Both of these substances can be extremely detrimental to your health, and carbon monoxide is especially threatening due to its colorless and odorless nature. This gas has been deemed “the silent killer” since detecting its presence is so hard to do with one’s basic senses.
What else can you do to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide?
- Well, being aware of the symptoms associated with exposure is very important. Most people who have breathed in this poisonous gas report feelings of nausea, dizziness, headaches, confusion, vomiting, and chest pain. Others have even reported flu-like illnesses.
- If you are concerned there is gas in your home, and you experience any of these things, leave the area immediately and call for help. It’s always best to practice caution!
- Another vital step in keeping your home safer is investing in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Have them installed on every floor of your house, and make sure there are some outside of all sleeping areas. Then, check them regularly to ensure they are working. It’s also a good idea to change the batteries periodically, as well as replace the units themselves every 10 years.
Have any questions? Let us know. We would love to put you on the right track for keeping your household as safe and as comfortable as possible.
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