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National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14

As fireplace professionals, the safety of our clients is one of our top priorities. At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we are happy to help our friends and neighbors learn more about protecting themselves and their families during National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, 2017.

National Fire Prevention Week Image - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps Of MichiganEvery Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out

The theme of National Fire Prevention Week 2017 is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” What is the aim of this campaign? Helping families better prepare for what to do in case of a fire emergency in the home!

According to a recent survey by the NFPA, only one third of American families had developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Likewise, only 8% of respondents said their first thought on hearing a fire alarm would be “Get out!”

By creating – and practicing – a home fire escape plan, families can feel more confident that they can safely react in the event of an emergency. While these escape plans are important for all families to enact, they are especially important for those with young children. The sights, sounds, and smells of a house fire can be extremely scary and disorienting to children! Practicing the home fire escape plan at least twice a year can give children the confidence to escape on their own if necessary.

Practicing Fireplace Safety

Fireplaces are an excellent way to heat our homes and creating a warm and welcoming ambiance. However, they can be dangerous when not used or maintained properly. The following safety tips can help ensure you are using your fireplace safely and help prevent accidental fires.

 

  • Have the chimney swept at least once per year.
    The primary cause of heating equipment fires is failure to clean, including creosote buildup in chimneys. Having the chimney swept at least once per year ensures it is clean and free from blockages. Doing this significantly reduces the risk of house or chimney fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
    Even small home fires should never be left unattended. This is especially important in homes with pets or small children. Glass doors or fireplace grates can also be used as a way to keep everyone safe from burns while still enjoying the fire.
  • Keep décor away from the fireplace.
    Carpets and other home furnishings should be kept at least three feet away from the fireplace while in use; this includes hanging mantle décor such as stockings during the holiday season. Keeping furnishings away from the fireplace protects them from burn and scorch marks. More importantly, it also reduces the risk of a stray spark or ember starting a fire.
  • Remove and store ashes properly.
    Coals surrounded by ash can remain hot enough to start a fire for up to three days. Because of this, it is important to properly remove and dispose of ashes. Remove and place ashes in a dedicated metal ash container; ashes should be stored away from combustible surfaces and materials. Additionally, they should never be mixed in with household trash or in dumpsters.

At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, our goal is to allow our customers to safely enjoy their fireplaces and other heating appliances all year long. For more information on National Fire Prevention Week or fireplace safety tips, contact us today!

Interested In A New Fireplace This Winter?

Fall has finally arrived and winter is just around the corner! We’re still enjoying mild temperatures and weather. That’s why now is the perfect time to consider adding a new fireplace to your home for the upcoming winter!

New Fireplace This Winter Image 01 - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps Of MichiganDo you already have an existing fireplace? Perhaps you want to add a brand new heating appliance? If so, updating your home with a new fireplace is easier than ever. At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, our wide variety of fireplaces, gas log sets, stoves, accessories, and more ensures you can find the perfect new heating appliance for your home.

Benefits of a new fireplace.

There are many reasons why homeowners decide to update their home with a new fireplace. Below are just a few of the many benefits of installing a new fireplace this winter!

 

  1. Increased efficiency.
    Modern fireplaces are extremely efficient, ensuring homeowners get the most bang for their buck. While traditional open hearth masonry fireplaces burn with only 5-10% efficiency, fireplace inserts can burn with up to 90% efficiency. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association, this can reduce energy costs by as much as 40%.
  2. Environmentally friendly.
    All fireplaces, stoves, and inserts must meet standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. This helps minimize smoke and particulate emissions. Doing this makes the air cleaner for both your family and the rest of the community.
  3. Variety of fuel options.
    Having a wood burning fireplace doesn’t mean you have to use wood forever. Installing a new fireplace allows many homeowners to switch fuel sources to wood, gas, or pellets.
  4. Style choices for every home.
    Fireplaces come in a wider variety of styles than ever before. Whether your preferred style is French Country or sleek contemporary, there is a fireplace for every home!

Why shop with Clean Sweeps of Michigan?

When shopping for a new fireplace or insert, it can be tempting to head to the nearest big box store to browse. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these stores lack staff with the knowledge to help you find the best new heating appliance for your home. Instead of spending hours wandering around a giant home improvement store, trust the fireplace experts to help you find the perfect new heating appliance.

Conveniently located just outside of Ann Arbor at our main facility in Clarklake, the Clean Sweeps of Michigan fireplace store showcases the best of the best in the fireplace industry. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect new fireplace for your home based on your heating needs, size specifications, and personal preferences.

In addition to helping you find the perfect heating appliance for your home, our staff can also install it! Having your new fireplace or fireplace accessories installed by fireplace professionals ensures it is installed correctly and working safely and efficiently. This gives homeowners the peace of mind to sit back, relax, and enjoy their fireplace all winter long.

Winter’s cold weather is just around the corner! This year, prepare your home and your family by installing a new, energy efficient fireplace. To learn more about our wide selection of wood and gas burning fireplaces and accessories, contact the expert staff at Clean Sweeps of Michigan today!

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