Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fire Safety Measures Governing the Use of Wood Fireplace Inserts

Many homeowners have the tendency to discard their manufacturer’s manuals the moment they have verified that the wood fireplace inserts they just bought are fully functioning. However, the manufacturer’s instructions manuals have so much that ought to be read carefully and understood. One of the key areas tackled in them is the prevention of house fires. The chances of causing fire accidents depends much on the knowledge that one has of using a home heating system; and this applies to wood inserts also. Below are a few of the chief areas that the manuals address and that are indispensable if house fire accidents are to be kept at minimum chances of occurrence:-

First of all, the wood inserts must be installed and operated only in accordance with the inevitable directives therein appearing. These instructions are geared towards the most appropriate installation and venting procedures as well as the right way of operating the appliances. Anytime a qualified and authorized technician is undertaking the work of wood fireplace inserts installation, he or she must contact and confirm with the local building officials about any installation expectations, inspections and restrictions in that area. An example of an area the local building or fire officials will be keen at is the manner in which the chimney or vent will pass through combustible places like ceilings or hardboard walls.

Another example is whenever the wood inserts’ designs require that they be installed in masonry recess areas. In such cases, the masonry fireplaces must first be verified as to their conformity to the specified local and national codes. If these codes demand that no bricks or mortar should be removed so as to accommodate modification for a new venting system, then this must be adhered to. In such a case though, the manufacturer’s instructions manual pertaining to the wood fireplace inserts in question come with provisions for what should be done. In a situation where a pre-existing chimney is available and accessible, the manufacturer’s manual would suggest the use of a starter pipe that will lead into the inspected pre-existing chimney. That particular method of modification also requires an airtight face seal to ensure maximum levels of the users’ safety.

It is also instructed that in the close vicinity of wood inserts there should be no combustible materials or easily flammable liquids or gases. Such materials include clothing, carpets, draperies, varnish coated furniture, and many others. Children must not be allowed to operate or to touch wood fireplace inserts whenever these are being used or even when they have just been in operation. This is because wood inserts have the capacity to retain heat for a long time after the last session of use.

It is not advisable to discard the user’s instructions manual that come with wood fireplace inserts. They are good for reference not just during installation but also during operation and maintenance. Always adhere to the directives therein so as to avoid eventualities like house fires. Call in expert technicians whenever need arises.

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