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Galleria Plan Family Room | New Homes in Clarkston, Michigan | Robert R. Jones HomesFireplaces, whether they are wood-burning or gas, are both fashionable and functional additions to many homes. Families gather around decorated hearths for holiday celebrations as they build lifelong memories. During the cooler winter months, fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances are often used as primary heat sources in homes.

But sadly, fireplace safety can be neglected, sometimes with tragic results. Everyone has seen the news stories about homes burned to the ground and lives lost due to improperly disposed-of fireplace ashes. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year.

Here are some tips to make sure your fireplace remains a safe, enjoyable feature of your family’s home:

  • Have your chimney Chimney | Lot 400, Manors of Deerwood | New Homes in Clarkston, Michigan | Robert R. Jones Homesthoroughly cleaned once a year. Flammable residue that accumulates in the flue can lead to fires in the chimney, and cracks or gaps in the flue…

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