Many people enjoy the heat, comfort, ambiance, and cost savings associated with a wood stove. But, if not installed and used properly, a wood stove can be very dangerous. Please keep safety in mind when heating with a wood stove. The following tips will help keep people and property safe:
- Wood stoves should always be installed by a licensed professional contractor who has wood stove installation experience.
- Wood stoves should be positioned on a fireproof surface, well away from any combustible materials.
- Never leave the stove unattended.
- Keep children and pets away from the stove.
- Do not start a fire with lighter fluid or charcoal; use paper or other small kindling.
- Burn only dry, well-seasoned hardwoods in the stove.
- Be careful with the ashes:
- Dispose of cooled ashes in a metal container.
- Wet ashes with water to ensure they are completely out.
- Empty ashes in a fire-safe place, away from anything combustible.
- Avoid disposing near dry leaves or other flammable material.
- The flue and the stove should be cleaned at least twice per season, which will prevent creosote buildup and reduce the likelihood of a house fire.
- Schedule an annual inspection for the stove and chimney.
- Always have a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case!
The Insurance Information Institute has more safety tips so that wood stoves can be used and enjoyed SAFELY!
Source: Narragansett Bay Insurance Company