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Safe Wood-Burning Practices

Safe Wood-Burning Practices

With colder weather arriving, these practices should keep you and your family safe all while improving air quality.

Is your wood stove winterized?

Keep all flammable household items, drapes, furniture, newspapers, and books, far from the wood burning appliance.
Start fires only with newspaper and dry kindling. Never start a fire with gasoline, kerosene, charcoal starter, or a propane torch.
Logs made from wax and sawdust are only for open hearth fireplaces.
Keep the doors of your wood-burning appliance closed unless loading or stoking the live fire. Harmful chemicals, like carbon monoxide, can be released into your home.
Regularly remove ashes from your wood-burning appliance into a metal container with a cover. Store the container of ashes outdoors on a cement or brick slab (not on a wood deck or near wood).
Keep a fire extinguisher on hand at all times.

Have you had your chimney cleaned recently?

Most chimney fires happen for one simple reason, improper usage and care of wood-burning appliances like fireplaces and woodstoves. 
Should your chimney catch fire?

Within a fire protection area:

  • Call the fire department;
  • Get everyone out of the house;
  • Do not go inside your home until the fire department tells you it's safe to do so;
  • Do not use your fireplace or woodstove until you've had a professional inspect the chimney.

Outside a fire protection area:

  • Get everyone out of the house;
  • Do not go inside your home until the fire is out and it is safe to do so;
  • Do not use your fireplace or woodstove until you've had a professional inspect the chimney.

For other winter preparedness planning check out:

 http://www.rdbn.bc.ca/protectiveservices/emergency-preparedness/personal-preparedness-planning 

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