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Fireplace Safety



Fireplace Safety
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.77

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     challenging words:    burning, happening, kerosene, buildup, charcoal, monoxide, especially, easily, extinguisher, fluid, lighter, fireplace, level, matches, great, logs


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Fireplace Safety
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     A fireplace is a great thing to have in your house. It is a way to heat your house and is very pretty to look at while it is burning. But you have to be careful with a fireplace, too. Mistakes that don't seem very serious could cause your house to burn down. These mistakes could also hurt people in your home.
 
2     Always burn wood in your fireplace. Don't use different things like charcoal that you would use in a grill outside. When charcoal burns, it lets off the gas carbon monoxide. This isn't a gas you can smell or see, but it is very dangerous. If people breathe in carbon dioxide for too long, it can kill them.
 
3     Sparks can fly out of a fireplace when you aren't paying attention. Or they could fly out when you are adding logs to the fire. You have to be very careful to keep this from happening. A screen or glass doors can help keep the sparks where they belong. A rug that is made for use around a fireplace can help prevent a fire when sparks fly out.
 
4     Don't ever use kerosene or lighter fluid to start a fire. These can cause an explosion. Use dry, seasoned wood. Small pieces will start to burn more quickly than large pieces. Use the smaller pieces to start the fire with. Long matches will also help protect you from getting burned when you light the fire.

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