Fireplace & Wood Stove Safety

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Unless you take certain precautions, the coziness of a warm flame can quickly turn into a house fire and result in personal injury and property damage.

Fireplace & Wood Stove Safety

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Have your wood stove or fire place inspected annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Have cracked or missing chimney bricks and mortar and corroded flashing repaired.
  • Remove ash buildup regularly and store in a covered metal container.
  • Never restrict air supply to wood stoves or fireplaces as it may cause the buildup of creosote and increase risk of a chimney fire.
  • Keep the hearth free of debris and materials that may catch fire easily.

Fuel Burning

  •  Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood to avoid creosote buildup in stovepipes and chimneys.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire as it can get out of control quickly.
  • Make small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Ensure it is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house.

Fire Protection

  • Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home. Change and test batteries at least twice a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by and make sure everyone in your household knows how to use it in the event of fire.