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Fireplace safety tips to keep your family safe this winter

Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 20:48:00-05

As temperatures begin to fall, fireplaces begin to be in use for the season.

Robert Kladke, Black Hat Chimney and Fireplace President in West Seneca, says there are a few things you should be doing before lighting your fireplace for the first time of the season.

"You just want to take a flash light and get in here and make sure there are no cracks," he said.

Kladke says to take a closer look to see if there are any bird's nests or if any other animals have made a home in the chimney. 

Kladke also says to have multiple smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors near the bedrooms in your home.

"It's the cheapest form of life-saving," he said.

He says to make sure you check your gas furnace, gas water tank, and anything that vents out of the house to make sure the passage way is open and clear.