Can you go to bed with embers in the fireplace? Hmm…

  • Yes, you can go to bed with glowing embers in the…
  • If there are still glowing embers in the fireplace, spread them out and make sure there is no fresh fuel in the firebox.
  • Leave the flue open and close the screen door.
  • Have a working smoke detector nearby.
  • These measures will help reduce the risk of a fire.

You can go to bed with embers in the fireplace, but there are some risks involved. The biggest risk is that a stray spark could ignite something outside of the fireplace, so it’s important to make sure that the area around the fireplace is clear of any flammable materials.


Or just close the fireplace doors– if closed it’s very unlikely that anything could catch fire from the embers. Additionally, you should leave the flue open so that any smoke can escape, and you should have a working smoke detector nearby.

Spread out the embers before going to bed so they die quickly. Finally, it’s best to wait until the embers are no longer producing any light before going to bed.

My own experience

I was exhausted after a long day of work, but I couldn’t fall asleep knowing that there were still glowing embers in the fireplace. What if a spark flew out and started a fire? I had to do something to make sure that wouldn’t happen.

I carefully got out of bed and made my way to the fireplace. I spread the embers out as much as I could and then checked to make sure that there was no fresh fuel in the firebox.

I left the flue open just in case, and then closed the screen door. I went back to bed, but I couldn’t stop worrying about the embers.

What if they started a fire while I was asleep?

glowing embers

I must have dozed off because the next thing I knew, there was a loud crash. I woke up in a panic, and saw that the fireplace was on fire! Flames were shooting out of the opening, and it was spreading quickly to the rest of the house. If only I had left the flue open…

Just kidding…I was totally fine and the hot embers naturally died off.

But seriously, if you’re worried about going to bed with embers in the fireplace, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk. Spread out the embers so they die quickly, make sure there’s no fresh fuel in the firebox, leave the flue open, and close the screen door.

These measures will help to ensure that any stray sparks don’t cause a fire. And of course, have a working smoke detector nearby just in case.

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Hi, my name’s Eugene Duke and I love sitting by my fireplace reading a book and sipping on an adult beverage. Do you have a fireplace in your house? I’ll help you figure out the best type and style of fireplace for your home.


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