Fireplaces: Keeping your family warm and safe

Got a fireplace? Wood is awesome because it not only warms you when you’re burning it – it warms you when you’re chopping the stuff as well. But as they say in the info-mercials: “Wait – there’s more”. Burning wood not only warms your bones, but it also warms the critters living in the wood. Set a log on fire and you may just see what has been living in there – unless it has already escaped into your living room. Spiders,  ants, termites – the list of guests brought into your home from wood piles could be endless.

Then there are other burning issues. Fireplaces – ya gotta love them.

So what if you go with a gas fireplace? They’re truly outstanding – so long as you don’t close the flue and kill off the family with one simple and easy to make mistake. The Home Medic shares a few tips, tricks and traps for keeping your family safe.

Like so many other home related issues, fireplaces follow the $10/$10,000 rule: if you do the right things when you should, it’s easy and inexpensive. If not, things can get costly – and dangerous. Keep your money in your wallet and your family out of the hospital. Learn how to become master of your mansion – even if your mansion is just a lean-to in the forest.