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Make Sure Your Hearth Is Ready for the Holidays

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Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner. Now is the time to be making all of the necessary preparations for this busy time of year so that you can relax once the holidays arrive. When you have a fireplace, it is most likely one of your main focal points in your home. Your holiday guests will enjoy spending time with you by the hearth, which means you need to be sure it is ready for the season. For residents of the Austin, TX area, Atlas Chimney is ready to help you with all of your professional fireplace and chimney needs. We would like to give you a few tips to make sure your hearth looks its best and will be safe all holiday season long.

Schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection.

The last thing you want to happen during the holidays is a chimney fire, which is why it is so important to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before the season begins. You can trust Atlas Chimney to remove every bit of flammable creosote from the inner chimney walls to reduce the risk of a chimney fire. We will also make sure during our inspection of your chimney there is no damage present that could cause your fireplace to be unsafe to use during the holidays and the rest of the winter season.

Do not overload the mantel with holiday decorations made of flammable materials.

While you may love the look of stockings hanging from the mantel, Consumer Safety warns of placing these holiday decor staples in front of your fireplace. Other types of decorations that should not be placed on the mantel include garlands and paper decorations. If you insist on decorating your hearth with stockings, make sure you have another place to hang them when the fireplace is in use to prevent an accidental fire from starting.

Keep children and pets safe around the fireplace.

If you do not have kids or pets of your own, you may have some visiting your home over the holidays. You want to make sure your hearth is safe for them by placing a screen in front of the fireplace opening. This will protect young children and pets, who can be very curious about the flames burning in the fireplace. You will also keep toddlers who are just learning how to walk safe from stumbling and falling upon a stone or brick hearth.

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Get your hearth ready for this holiday season! Contact us today at Atlas Chimney to make an appointment for your annual professional chimney maintenance services.