According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is the leading cause of house fires in the United States. Amongst the different types of heating equipment, electric heating sources accounted for 32% of residential fires started and gas-fueled equipment was responsible for 18% of residential fires.

Rettinger Fireplace Systems, the premier fireplace store located near Atlantic County, NJ, knows a thing or two about fire safety. Our mantra, “where details make the difference,” is a commitment to our customers that we only deliver services and products with extreme attention to detail and a hearth educated sales force. Our installers are factory-trained, and NFI certified, so you can have peace of mind your fireplace is safe and professionally installed.

For your convenience, we’ve compiled an ultimate fire safety guide below. At Rettinger Fireplace Systems, we want you warm, but also as safe as possible!

Always double check the fire is out before bed or leaving the house

Under zero circumstances should a fire be left unattended. Make sure when you start a fire you have every intention to stay home and stay awake. It’s also advisable to let a fire die out by itself. If you must, spreading out the logs will help. Do not throw water into your fireplace because ash and smoke will pour into your home.

Keep appropriate safety equipment nearby

It is extremely critical that even if you don’t have a fireplace, or build fires regularly, your family have a fire extinguisher in the house. Other safety equipment every home should have are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (even one for every floor of the house.) A good idea is to change the batteries in all detectors when the clocks change in the fall and spring. Finally, fireplaces should always have a metal mesh screen in place, to keep sparks under control.

Maintain the fireplace and its surrounding areas

We suggest that after an extended period without using your fireplace, the first thing you should do is hire a certified professional to inspect your chimney or wood stove. Clear any flammable items away from the hearth just in case of a stray spark or two. The vent pipes should also be checked, and extend three feet from the roof.
When you stop into our Rettinger Fireplace Systems fireplace store in New Jersey, we can help you decide what kind of fireplace is right for you. Please visit us on Centennial Boulevard in Voorhees, New Jersey or browse our website to see our wide array of products and services.