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3030 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7607
Fax: 206.275.7970
Email: mi_fire@mercergov.. . .
Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, Daily
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Fireplace Safety

chimney fire
chimney fire

Each year Mercer Island Firefighters respond to incidents involving fireplaces.  Typically these include incidents of fire or smoke related issues.  There are a few simple things you can do each year, to minimize the chances of having a fire or other hazard related problem associated with your fireplace:

  • Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned at least once per year
  • Install bird and animal guards on the chimney
  • Repair cracks in the flue lining, bricks, and mortar
  • Check with your local stove and fireplace accessory store for a chimney fire extinguisher
  • Learn which type of woods and seasoned woods are best to burn
  • Never use building scraps, paneling, plywood, and treated lumber as fuel
  • Keep the damper open while fuel is burning to prevent accumulation of poisonous or explosive gases.
  • Do not use gasoline or other flammable liquids to kindle or rekindle a fire
  • Always use a fireplace screen or glass doors
  • Clean ashes out of the fireplace regularly
  • Remove colored comic sections from newspapers before using in the fireplace. The colored inks contain lead and can produce toxic gases
  • Do not use coal, charcoal or polystyrene packing in a fireplace
  • Do not treat artificial logs the same way you would real wood logs. Use only one at a time
  • Keep children away from the fire. Their clothing can easily catch fire
  • Be sure the fire is completely extinguished before retiring for the evening


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