Fireplaces in Florida Homes?
To answer your burning question, “Do Florida homes have fireplaces?” Yes! Some homes in Florida do have fireplaces!
In Southwest Florida, you’ll see fireplaces in some older homes, or larger luxurious homes, mainly used as a “statement piece.” Since it is warm most of the year, heat-producing fireplaces are not used as frequently as in northern states or even northern parts of Florida, which experience colder winter temperatures.
Because our fireplaces are used less frequently, fireplace safety is important! That’s why we thought we’d share some tips about Florida fireplace maintenance before any cooler temps arrive this winter.
1. Have Your Fireplace Inspected
There are service companies that specialize in fireplace and chimney cleaning and inspection. It’s always a good idea to have a licensed professional look over your fireplace before you light the first fire of the season.
2. Install Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
If you don’t already have these alarms installed in your home, do so! While most fireplaces are made with safety measures in place, it’s not fail-proof. Issues like carbon monoxide poisoning can occur if your chimney or vent system is clogged. It’s a good idea to replace the batteries on your alarms every year.
3. Choose The Right Wood
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure you choose appropriate firewood. Not all woods are created equal! Generally, seasoned hardwood like oaks, maple, and birch are safe to burn. Stay away from softwoods like cedar and pine.
4. Light A Test Fire
Before lighting a large fire, light a small piece of wood or some newspaper to ensure the smoke goes up the chimney. This will help you avoid a room filled with smoke if your ventilation is not working properly.
5. Remove Flammable Objects
This sounds like a no-brainer, but we’re talking about carpets, rugs, and furniture too! Make sure your fireplace rug is nonflammable, and your kindling or newspaper pile is away from any possible spark or ash that might escape the fireplace.