Fire Up Those Wood Stoves…….But Do So Safely!

November 17, 2011

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: 

  1. Have chimneys, stoves and connectors cleaned by a competent chimney sweep.
  2. 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.
  3. Burn only dry, seasoned hardwood.  Never burn trash or artificial logs in a wood stove, or use liquid fire starters.
  4. Keep all combustible material (rugs, fabrics, furnishings, wood, paper) at least three (3) feet from the stove and connector pipes.
  5. Dispose of ashes only in a metal container with a tight fitting lid.  Never set the container down on combustible material.
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.
  7. Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended.

Stay warm and stay safe! 

Your SZW Team