The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (AL) is sharing some tips after a fire in a fireplace spread to an attic and caused $20,000 in damage, reports Alabama.com.
The fire had initially been started in the fireplace for warmth, but investigators determined it spread because there was a small gap between the fireplace and the interior wall.
The following tips include:
- Be sure [your fireplace] is installed properly.
- Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.
- Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.
- Keep glass or [a] metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.
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