Fireplace Safety for the Holidays
Sure, the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon will be there. If not done correctly, you may receive a visit from the guys and gals from the Anchorage Fire Department even before Santa makes the corner.
Shiney stuff! All dolled up like Vegas, baby. But looks aren't everything when it comes to holiday safety. The only thing that should be roasting on an open fire should be chestnuts, according to the song. Stocking should be removed BEFORE starting a fire in your fireplace. Between the heat, sparks and the dryness of the area, you be the judge.
So why can't I burn my wrapping paper & bows in my fireplace? Well, it is another gamble. People have and will continue to burn items in their fireplace that really shouldn't be burned there. But the paper will create such a rapid increase in heat and both your fireplace & your wood stoves were not designed for that. They were designed for a gentle, gradual increase in heat thus the need for kindling to ignite the logs to assure an enjoyable, comfortable fire. With the wrapping paper technique, it is possible that your fireplace will be all aglow before the egg nog kicks in.
Again, be sure to NOT leave your fireplace unattended. Be prepared; have your smoke alarms in order & your fire extinguisher nearby. Sparks may fly and your tree, gifts and holiday decorations are all around. Keep your holiday and your family super safe this year.