When Christmas comes around and you are lucky enough to have a large hearth to take centre stage for all your Christmas decorations, then it is important that you make sure all your decorations are safe when the fire is lit.

 

There is nothing more Chritmassy than stockings hanging on the mantle; candles adorning the hearth and stringing garlands of greenery around your fireplace, but all these things, unfortunately, do provide a fire hazard.

 

To make sure your family stays safe this Christmas, here we share our best advice on how to decorate your fireplace so that no matter your type of fuel, your fire is safe and secure:

 

  1. 3-Foot Rule

 

A rule all stove and fireplace owners should follow year round is the three-foot rule. This basically means that no combustible items, such as paper, blankets, pillows, books and decorations should be stored closer than three-foot from an open fire: this includes Christmas decorations. Christmas trees, both real and synthetic are highly combustible and should be kept as far away from your fire as possible. Faulty lights on Christmas trees is one of the leading causes for Christmas fires and Christmas trees can go up in flames in a matter of seconds.

 

  1. Don’t Dangle Decorations On The Mantle

 

Dry Christmas decorations can ignite simply from the heat your fire gives off so it is important that no decorations are dangling close to any flames. Although it looks impressive to have hanging decorations all around your fireplace, if you are going to have your fire on a lot it is important to leave the mantle as clear as possible to avoid any items catching fire and spreading.

 

  1. Fire Resistant Decorations

 

A lot of retailers now sell fire resistant decorations that are more suited to those who have open fireplaces or multi-fuel burning stoves. Fire resistant doesn’t mean that the material won’t burn at all, so one should still be careful when hanging these around a fireplace that they aren’t too close to the flames and should still follow fire safety guidelines.

 

  1. Fire Extinguisher

 

Every responsible fire owner should have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of an emergency. Christmas decorations are often made from dry and combustible materials, essentially turning your living space into a tinderbox. These decorations can help spread a fire in a matter of minutes, so having a fire extinguisher on hand is key to stopping a potential fire from developing in as quick a time as possible. Always make sure that everyone in the home is trained in how to use the fire extinguisher – you never know who might be on hand when danger strikes.

 

If you have any more questions about home fire safety this Christmas, feel free to contact Pearson Fuels coal merchants today and we will be happy to share more top tips with you on how to make sure your fire is completely safe.

 

If you regularly use a stove or have an open fireplace in your home, it is important to stay vigilant when it comes to fire safety. After all, a fire is unpredictable, and it can be deadly if you fail to take precautions. Here at Pearson Fuels, we supply a variety of different fuels and we think it is our responsibility to ensure that our customers know how to stay safe. Read on as we go through three important things every homeowner should know…

Fuel Storage

Whether you choose to burn coal or firewood, it is important that you store your fuels safely and appropriately. In fact, it should be placed in a location where it cannot catch on fire accidentally. Most merchants recommend that you store coal outside in a coal bunker in order to keep it away from moisture, however fuels like firewood can be stored indoors or outdoors.

Maintenance

A stove needs to be maintained on a regular basis in order to ensure that it is in a safe enough condition to be used. In addition to this, you should also have you chimney swept regardless of whether you are a stove user or fireplace user as this reduces soot build up and ensures that dangerous gases are able to leave the home.

CO Detector

As the most difficult gas to detect, carbon monoxide (CO) is odourless, colourless and tasteless which means that it can cause a lot of damage if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. In fact, CO poisoning can be fatal if it is not caught in time so ignoring the need for an alarm isn’t worth the risk.

The wrath of fire can be difficult to contain when it takes a hold of your home and that is why safety precautions are so important. In fact, it is vital that every fireplace and stove user has their chimney swept in order to reduce the risk of chimney fires. To find out more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants on the market and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

 

There are many different types of firewood on the market that offer a wide range of advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of fire you are trying to achieve. With this said, moisture levels play a big role in firewood regardless of the species of tree you have opted for. After all, you cannot create an efficient fire if there is excess water in the logs. Read on as the Pearson Fuels team go over everything you need to know about kiln drying…

What is it?

Kiln drying is a process that is carried out in order to dry firewood and reduce the moisture levels down to a more suitable rate. After all, you can’t burn an efficient fire if there is too much moisture in the logs. It is done using something called a ‘kiln’ which reaches temperatures as high as 50°C in order to quickly remove moisture.

The Process

After trees are felled and taken to a lumber mill, they are debarked and sorted by species, size or use. After all, wood for flooring must be cut into boards before they are dried. After this, the wood destined to become firewood is cut into equal sizes before it is sent off for drying in a kiln. The wood is place inside in a way that optimises the process to ensure that the moisture levels are consistent. Interestingly, the ideal moisture level is 15%, however some kiln driers will try to reduce this down to 8%.

Benefits

Kiln drying operates at some incredibly hot temperatures which means that it will completely sterilise the wood and kill any microbes and insects that could put you at risk. After all, if you store your logs indoors, the last thing you want is an insect infestation! In addition to this, kiln drying is also an effective way to reduce the moisture levels in wood so that it can generate an efficient fire output.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we stock both kiln dried logs and imported firewood in order to appeal to wide variety of customer preferences. After all, we may be known as coal merchants but we know our fair share about firewood and logs too. If you have a budding question about the kiln drying process, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

It is widely known that the combustion of coal also comes with a few nasty side effects for our planet. After all, fossil fuels have a high carbon content which is released into our atmosphere as carbon dioxide gas, where it contributes to global warming and gradually exacerbates pollution. Here at Pearson Fuels, we are not blind to the influence of coal. Thankfully, the government are tackling these issues so that we can reap the benefits of coal power without affecting the planet. Read on as we go over three important environmental concerns of coal and explain how the government is fighting them…

Pollution

The number one problem with coal power is that it contributes to a global pollution problem. After all, the fossil fuel releases several emissions during combustion including; sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide, mercury and fly ash. All of these materials are damaging to the environment and contribute to global warming. In fact, the government were forced to introduce smoke control zones following The Great Smog of London as part of the Clean Air Act of 1956, which forced people to find alternatives to coal power in order to reduce pollution and make the air cleaner to breathe. As a result, families started to use something called smokeless coal, which is much more environmentally friendly. In fact, many of these smoke control zones are still in place as the government continues to promote clean air and smokeless coal is still considered an extremely effective alternative.

Acid Rain

As stated above, coal emits sulphur dioxide gas into the atmosphere when it is burned which is known to cause acid rain. Not only can this make breathing more difficult for asthma sufferers, it affects the environment too. For example, acid rain makes water acidic and therefore inhabitable for marine life and it also releases aluminium into the soil, which can cause stunted growth in trees by stealing essential nutrients. Thankfully, there are several methods that can remove or reduce the amount of sulphur present in coal. For example, washing coal before burning it removes pyritic sulphur and burning the fossil fuel in something known as a ‘Fluidised Bed Combustor’ can prevent sulphur dioxide from even forming. As a result, the damaging effects of acid rain that come from coal combustion are being controlled and reduced so we can enjoy our aesthetic winter fire without harming the planet.

Deforestation

In order for coal to be gathered, it has to be mined from deep within the earth. Sometimes there are abundant coal deposits under forests and the only way to retrieve them is to sacrifice the green area above. In fact, mountain top removal mining is thought to be the number one cause of deforestation associated with coal mining and, according to a 2010 investigation, this method has destroyed 6.8% of Appalachia’s forestry. Thankfully, coal mines now prioritise underground mining in order to protect the vital green space on the top. Plus, any land that was previously used for surface mining is reclaimed and re-purposed for use as airports and golf courses in order to ensure that it isn’t wasted.

When it comes to the planet, it is up to us to be the change we wish to see. After all, the environment can only withstand so much before the damage becomes irreparable. It is salient that the government are tackling the controversy of coal by reducing its effects on the planet so we are able to continue reaping its benefits without destroying our earth. Whilst coal is certainly becoming much more greener, we also stock smokeless coal for those who want to do their part for the environment. After all, coal like anthracite has less volatile materials, delivers an extremely efficient fire output and can be used even when you don’t live in a smoke control zone! To find out more information about the governments aim to make coal greener, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

There’s nothing better than the authentic crackle of a real wood burning fire and settling in front of the stove with a hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. Here at Pearson Fuels, we stock a huge range of kiln-dried logs and imported firewood so that you can find the perfect fuel for all your wood burning stove needs. With this said, it is important to exercise caution and safety. Read on as we go through three important things to remember when you are using a wood burning stove…

Expert Installation

Whilst it is possible to self-install a wood burning stove, it is important that you ensure that everything is in place by consulting with an expert. After all, an incorrect or botched installation can result in poor ventilation and leave you inhaling dangerous gases like carbon dioxide every time you use your wood burning stove.

Supervise Children

Although a wood burning stove comes with a secure door in order to enclose the flames, the case of the stove itself can get incredibly hot as the fire burns, so it is important that children are supervised whenever they are around the fire. After all, the average stove unit can reach between 43 and 121 degrees Celsius and an injury under these circumstances can be life changing.

Precautions

Like any live fire in the home, it pays to be prepared. After all, carbon dioxide is not the only gas that you have to be wary of when you are using a wood burning stove. In fact, carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that is created due to the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels like gas, coal and wood. As a result, you should always have a working carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.

Firewood is thought to be the most environmentally-friendly fuel source because the only carbon dioxide it releases is what the tree absorbed throughout its lifetime. Here at Pearson Fuels, we may be the best coal merchants around but our seasoned firewood and kiln dried logs are also the best on the market. After all, there’s no time like the present to start preparing for winter! To find out more information about fire safety, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today.

As one of the most dangerous gases around, it is important that every fireplace user and stove owner is aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. After all, it is deadly and extremely difficult to detect. When it comes to awareness, statistics show that 10% of people do not have a carbon monoxide detector in their home. Here at Pearson Fuels, we recognise how dangerous this gas is which is why we are going to go over everything you need to know to stay safe…

An Invisible Hazard

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a dangerous gas because it is difficult to detect. In fact, it is known as an invisible hazard because it does not have an odour, colour or taste. This means that you could breathe it in for days before you start to show symptoms, giving it all the time it needs to cause serious damage to your body. When you breathe in CO, it displaces the oxygen in your blood in order to create carboxyhaemoglobin and this deprives vital organs like the heart and brain of the oxygen it needs to function. Luckily, CO poisoning can be reversed when it is caught in time.

Symptoms

As carbon monoxide is difficult to detect, it is important that you recognise the symptoms that occur with CO poisoning such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing or loss of consciousness. With this said, these symptoms are very similar to the flu and viral infections, so it is not uncommon for people to mistake carbon monoxide poisoning for a seasonal illness. As a result, you should pay attention to your symptoms; if they seem to disappear when you leave the house, it is more likely to be CO poisoning rather than a viral infection.

Chimney Maintenance

Carbon monoxide can be caused by many household appliances such as boilers, central heating systems and open fires/stoves that use fuels like gas, oil, coal and firewood. For homeowners that use the chimney, it is very important to ensure that you have a high-quality ventilation system in place in order to remove the toxic gases from your home. In fact, you should also ensure that you pay close attention to maintenance too as blocked flues and chimneys can stop CO leaving the home.

Carbon monoxide is created as a result of the incomplete combustion of carbon when fuels like coal and wood are burned in the home. That is why it is incredibly important to ensure that you have a high-quality ventilation system in place. Luckily, a functioning carbon monoxide detector can be a life saver. To ensure that you burn your fuel safely, you should always be wary of carbon monoxide and put the appropriate safety measures in place in order to prevent it. To find out more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to the Pearson Fuels team today!