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Are the smells from fireplaces dangerous?

I have not used my fireplace since I moved in my condo. I'm thinking of trying it this year. I have a budgie and linnie in the same room in close proximity to the fireplace. Should whatever odor coming from the fireplace concern me?
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I have wondered the same thing! I hope someone knows.

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I don't know about odor but I would not keep them close to the fireplace. It can get really hot and I remember ours when I was growing up popping one time and burning my moms brand new robe. I would move them to a different room.

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you need to move the birds away from the fireplace any smoke from the fire place is not good for them to inhale and it will get them to hot i use to heat with a wood stove my birds were well away from it for these same reasons. you can use your fireplace just keep the birds away from it

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My birds are not near the fireplace, but I wonder about the fumes.
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Fumes from the smoke/fire would definitely be something to worry about. I'd not do it personally, I think it is far too big of a risk. Can't give any sciencey reasons but I know it's unsafe. Also, if they're near it when they're out you could end up with a cooked bird!
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I really don't think the smoke would be a big problem at all. We are in the midst of bad bushfires. The Blue Mountains of New South Wales are on fire and I mean really big fires.The smoke has just basically dropped down on us at and near the base of the mountains and going right across Sydney. I am quite close to them and the smoke here has been terrible for the last week. You can not only smell it but see it. It hasn't had any affect on my birds at all. I may not have faired so well, eyes have been watering and I have been coughing with it, and that is inside the house.

But yes I agree that the birds should preferably be in a different room to the fire. Unless the fire is going 24/7 and people usually let the fire go out overnight, not just because there is no one there to put wood on it but for safety reasons the sudden changes in temperature is not good for the birds. They are better off to be in a room with little or no heating so that they can acclimatize to the cooler weather gradually and not have the sudden drop in temperature that can occur when the heating is turned off.
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Miss Kauai is curious about everything, so I'm going to be super careful if I decide to use the fireplace.
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Miss Kauai is curious about everything, so I'm going to be super careful if I decide to use the fireplace.
That is funny, my linnie is the curious one lol!

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I really don't think the smoke would be a big problem at all. We are in the midst of bad bushfires. The Blue Mountains of New South Wales are on fire and I mean really big fires.The smoke has just basically dropped down on us at and near the base of the mountains and going right across Sydney. I am quite close to them and the smoke here has been terrible for the last week. You can not only smell it but see it. It hasn't had any affect on my birds at all. I may not have faired so well, eyes have been watering and I have been coughing with it, and that is inside the house.

But yes I agree that the birds should preferably be in a different room to the fire. Unless the fire is going 24/7 and people usually let the fire go out overnight, not just because there is no one there to put wood on it but for safety reasons the sudden changes in temperature is not good for the birds. They are better off to be in a room with little or no heating so that they can acclimatize to the cooler weather gradually and not have the sudden drop in temperature that can occur when the heating is turned off.
Perhaps if the smoke was in the house a lot then the birds would suffer then? I dunno, we've had outdoor fires around the birds with no problems but then there's a lot of filtration what with the air and all
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Daisy outside fire like you are talking about is nothing compared to what we have been having here. There have been high health warnings for humans because of the smoke. And the recommendations there are to stay indoors as the smoke will be less there. It has been so bad in some places that people could not even see the building next door when they went to work. The wind was blowing the smoke straight down onto us from the mountains.

Also in amongst the bushfire smoke we have probably been copping the funny smoke from the illegal pot plant plantations that have been hidden up in the bushland. I think you know what I am talking about. Maybe that is why for a couple of days my brain just did not want to function normally at all. I think I was away with the pixies.
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What about gas fireplaces?




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If they are not properly ventilated they are dangerous to humans let alone birds or other animals. There should be no fumes at all from a gas fireplace.
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Is there a way to detect that?




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Is there a way to detect that?
actually you can buy a device that detacts gases and carbon monoxide i have seen them on the wal mart web site

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We use our fireplace but my birds are in my bedroom so there is a good 20 feet between the fireplace and them but the birds have never been affected by it.

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Daisy outside fire like you are talking about is nothing compared to what we have been having here. There have been high health warnings for humans because of the smoke. And the recommendations there are to stay indoors as the smoke will be less there. It has been so bad in some places that people could not even see the building next door when they went to work. The wind was blowing the smoke straight down onto us from the mountains.

Also in amongst the bushfire smoke we have probably been copping the funny smoke from the illegal pot plant plantations that have been hidden up in the bushland. I think you know what I am talking about. Maybe that is why for a couple of days my brain just did not want to function normally at all. I think I was away with the pixies.
Minus the first part of the reply, that sounds like a blast
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It has been said that the fire fighters were getting high fighting the fires.
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