Heating with wood can be safe and economical, but unlike a modern, central heating system, stoves and fireplaces require careful installation and constant vigilance. In the interest of saving lives and property, we urge you to take the following precautions:
- Have chimneys, stoves and connectors cleaned by a competent chimney sweep.
- Have stoves inspected for proper installation and clearances. Most towns require an inspection by the building inspector or fire department before issuing a building permit for a wood stove.
- Burn only dry, seasoned hardwood. Never burn trash or artificial logs in a wood stove, or use liquid fire starters.
- Keep all combustible material (rugs, fabrics, furnishings, wood, paper) at least three (3) feet from the stove and connector pipes.
- Dispose of ashes only in a metal container with a tight fitting lid. Never set the container down on combustible material.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.
- Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended.
Stay warm and stay safe!
Your SZW Team