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Tips for Ensuring Your Senior’s Chimney is Safe

By Denise Roskamp

Lighting a fire in the fireplace is a fantastic way to create a warm, welcoming environment for your elderly parent throughout the fall and winter months. It can, however, become dangerous if their chimney is not safe and well-managed, or they do not handle their fire properly. Preventing a chimney fire is an important step in allowing your parent to enjoy one of the most wonderful parts of the winter season while also keeping them safe and healthy.

Use these tips to help ensure that your senior’s chimney is safe throughout the cold season:

• Have it inspected. It is a good idea for your parent to have their fireplace and chimney professional inspected each year before starting the first fire. This professional can detect problems with the structure that need to be modified for safe use, as well as give instructions and suggestions for how to use the fireplace and chimney without danger.

• Know the signs of a fire. Your parent may have had a chimney fire and not even know it. This fire, however, could have caused damage that puts their home at even greater danger. Honey-combed creosote, warped metal components, damaged roofing materials, heat damaged TV cables, cracks, or smoke coming out of the wrong areas of the chimney or fireplace are all potential signs of such a fire.

• Burn only seasoned wood. Burning green wood, or wood that has not been seasoned by drying properly, leads to the creation of creosote in the chimney. Creosote buildup is a leading cause of fires in the chimney.

Clean the fireplace and chimney regularly. Cleaning the fireplace and chimney is critical for preventing fires. Consider getting in touch with a chimney sweep early in the season so you can light the first fire in a clean, safe fireplace and chimney.

Starting elderly care can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they are getting all of the care, support, encouragement, and assistance they need to manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations as they age in place. A set of highly personalized services are designed to help your parent remain as safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy as possible throughout their later years while also encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible. AS their caregiver, this can give you confidence and peace of mind knowing that even if you are not about to be with your parent as often as you would like, they are still in good hands.

http://www.csia.org/chimneyfires.html
https://chimneysafety.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/its-national-chimney-safety-week/

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.