Fireplaces are warm and cozy, and add a special touch to your home décor; however they also add safety responsibilities.
When using your fireplace, please keep the following safety precautions in mind:
o Make sure that the flue is open before you start the fire. The flue can be opened by a lever that is located behind the screen.
o ‘Warm’ the flue before igniting the fire. This will start the updraft and prevent smoke from entering your apartment.
o To warm the flue we suggest placing a piece of newspaper in the flue and igniting it.
o Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace with the opening closed to prevent hot embers from jumping out while the fire is going.
o Use dry, seasoned wood. Never burn green wood, treated lumber or wood that is painted.
o Use a small amount of paper or small pieces of wood to start the fire. If you twist the paper into a compact tube first, it will burn longer, giving the logs a good start. Paper and/or kindling wood placed under the grate containing the log is usually enough to get a nice fire going.
o Never use combustible liquids such as Kerosene, turpentine, lighter fluid, or gasoline to start or accelerate a fire. Invisible vapors from these liquids can cause an explosion.
o Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in the fireplace. Roaring fires may ignite creosote, a toxic chemical that accumulates on chimney walls.
o If you use artificial logs, carefully follow the directions on the package. Do not break apart an artificial log or use more than one at a time.
o NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED.
o Never close the flue if hot ashes are still burning. Ashes can smolder for many hours and can rekindle to the point of igniting the room.
o After the ashes cool COMPLETELY, please discard of them properly.
o Do not use the fireplace as an incinerator.
o Remember to keep matches out the hands of children.
At your request, Maintenance can be available Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM-4:30 PM to review the proper procedures when using the fireplace to ensure you are using it correctly.
Please contact the management office if you have any questions or would like to arrange an appointment with maintenance to show you how to use the fireplace.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Windsor at Potomac Vista Management