A fireplace is a beautiful addition to any home, but it can also be a source of heat and comfort during a power outage. In this blog post, we will provide instructions for how to operate your fireplace during a blackout. If you have a gas fireplace, you can still use it during a power outage as long as you have backup fuel available. For wood-burning fireplaces, you can still use it by building a fire using newspaper and kindling. Although it’s not common knowledge, if your home features an electric fireplace, you can still use it without power by manually igniting the pilot light. In this blog you will learn how to safely ignite and operate your fireplace in the event of a blackout.
Preparing Your Fireplace for Safe Usage
Similar to times when your power is fully functioning, it is important to follow all safety precautions and guidelines before operating your home’s fireplace or stove. In the case of a power outage, you will want to:
- Check that your fireplace is properly ventilated before starting a fire;
- Inspect your fireplace for any damage that may have occurred during the power outage;
- And ensure that there are no liquids or flammable materials near your fireplace.
If everything looks good and you are ready to start a fire, continue reading for detailed instructions on how to operate your gas, electric, or wood fireplace during a power outage. If you discover any sort of damage that may make the fireplace dangerous to use, it’s always a good idea to postpone igniting your fireplace until you get expert repair help. At New England Hearth & Home, we offer routine maintenance for chimneys and fireplaces, as well as annual inspections. Visit our website for more information on how to schedule an appointment.
Igniting a Gas Fireplace During an Electrical Blackout
Since these fireplaces and stoves operate on a gas source, there is no need to alter your ignition method in the event your home loses power. If you have a gas fireplace, the best way to ignite it is with a long match or a lighter. Once the fireplace is lit, there’s no need to worry about running out of gas because the fireplace will continue to draw fuel from the gas line.
Can You Operate an Electric Fireplace During a Power Outage?
If you have an electric fireplace, the good news is that you can still operate it during a power outage as long as you have a backup source of ignition. Many electric fireplaces come with a built-in battery pack that will allow you to ignite the pilot light manually.
Stay Warm in a Power Failure Using a Wooden Fireplace
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, then you’re in luck. Not only can you continue to use your fireplace during a power outage, but it’s also an excellent way to keep your home warm. Just make sure that you have a good supply of wood on hand so that you don’t run out in the middle of the night.
Visit Our Showroom in Canton, MA to Speak With Our Fireplace Experts
If you have any questions about fireplace operation during a power outage, or if you need help installing or repairing your fireplace, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help! New England Hearth & Home is the best place to go for all of your fireplace needs. We have years of experience in the industry and we ‘re passionate about helping our customers find the perfect fireplace for their home. Call us today at 781-562-0771, or visit our showroom in Canton, MA today to speak with one of our fireplace experts. We look forward to meeting you!