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Fireplaces/wood stoves are responsible annually for an average of 24,300 home fires, resulting in 30 deaths, 110 civilian injuries, and causing $255 million in property damage.
Safety Tips to Reduce the Risk of Fires and Injuries:
- Get an annual chimney check
Have your fireplace or wood stove inspected for deficiencies and creosote buildup at least annually. Repair and clean as necessary.
- Choose the right material to burn
For wood-burning, choose only well-seasoned dry wood. Never burn, Christmas trees, treated wood, plastics, paper or trash in your fireplace. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
- Use a fireplace screen on the inside opening
A metal mesh screen and/or glass doors can prevent sparks from flying out
- Keep the hearth area clear
Keep furniture and other combustible items a minimum 36” away from the hearth
- Never leave fire unattended
Before going to bed or leaving the house, make sure the fire is fully extinguished
- Keep tree branches clear of the chimney
Recommend minimum 15’ clearance
- Install a spark arresting screen
The top of the chimney flue should be provided with a spark arrestor
- Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector
Carbon monoxide can be deadly if concentrations build up in your house
- Ensure you have working smoke detectors and test them frequently.
It is recommended you have a smoke detector on every level of your home, in the immediate area outside of the sleeping rooms, and in every bedroom. Check the detectors frequently to ensure they are working.