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Fireplace, Heating Devices and Wood, Coal and Pellet Stove Safety

Here are a few fireplace and heating device safety tips:

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, on a non-wooden surface, at least 3 feet from your home.
  • Have your fireplace and chimney regularly inspected for creosote build up, and to be certain that birds and rodents haven’t nested in it creating potential chimney fire hazards.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment.
  • Have equipment cleaned and inspected each year.
  • Have your wood, coal or pellet stoves professionally installed.
  • Have your wood, coal or pellet stove flue inspected annually.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from your furnace, fireplace, wood stove, coal stove, pellet stove or portable space heater.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.



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