Tips for Safe
Fireplace and Wood Stove Use
Keep the area around your wood stove or fire place clean
and keep flammable materials away.
Inspect and clean your chimney and wood stove
annually. Have a professional chimney sweep do this work for you.
Keep air inlets to wood stoves open. This
will help limit creosote buildup that can cause a chimney fire.
Use stovepipe thermometers. If your stove or
stovepipe is running too hot the thermometer will help you know that.
Use metal mesh screens. This will keep wood
sparks and coals from shooting out from your stove or fireplace onto your rugs
or any other flammable material.
Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.
Metal or stone will help reduce incidents of fire.
Don't use flammable liquids to start a wood fire in the home.
Use seasoned hard wood. Soft woods and moist or wet wood will
increase creosote buildup in chimneys. Creosote, if it builds up too much, could
Try to burn smokeless fires. Less smoke
will mean less buildup of creosote in your chimney, less pollution of the
environment, and cleaner air for your home.
Keep your roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other
Don't leave your fire
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test
monthly if not more. Replace the batteries at least twice a year. You should
install Carbon Monoxide (CO) monitors as well.
burn cardboard boxes in your fireplace or wood stove.
Have a fire extinguisher handy in case a fire does occur.
Small hot fires are safer and yield less smoke.
Clear excess ash to prevent clogging of stove's intake vents.
Ensure your stove is placed on an approved stove board to
protect the floor. Stove boards can be made of metal or be some type of stone.
Start fires with clean newspaper and dry kindling.
Stack wood off the ground and cover the top of the wood.
Prevent the wood from getting exposed to rain.
Plan and practice a family escape plan for your home and
family. Plan for multiple methods of escape.
use gasoline, kerosene, charcoal starter, or propane torches to light a fire.
Don't use charcoal in a stove or fireplace as it produces an excessive amount of
Burn hot bright fires. Burn hot fires at least twice a day to
reduce the amount of creosote in the chimney.
Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.
When cleaning out your ashes always put them in a metal