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Winter and Heating Fire Safety

Fireplaces and Wood-stove Safety

When using Wood-stoves and Fireplaces...

  • Have your chimneys or wood-stoves inspected annually by a certified professional.

  • Keep all flammable materials including decorations and rugs etc. at least 3 feet away from the fireplace/wood-stove.

  • Always use a metal screen in front of a fireplace, keep glass doors open while burning a fire.

  • Keep air-inlets on wood-stove and fireplace open, closed inlets will create creosote build up which can lead to a chimney fire.

  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.

  • Use only seasoned hard wood to avoid creosote build-up.

  • Never burn cardboard, trash, or debris in your fireplace or wood-stove.

  • NEVER leave fireplace or wood-stove unattended. Completely extinguish the fire before leaving the home or going to sleep.

  • Keep children and pets away from the fireplace or stove to prevent burns.​

  • Be sure to get your furnace inspected annually. Maintain cleanliness of vents to prevent build-up.

Portable Space Heaters

  • Keep space heaters clean and inspected by professionals.

  • Maintain a three foot barrier around space heater from any flammable objects/materials.

  • Turn off space heaters when you leave.

  • Always use the correct amount and type of fuel when using portable space heaters that is recommended by the manufacturer. 

  • Install and maintain Carbon Monoxide Alarms to prevent CO poisoning. 

For Winter Holiday safety please visit our "Holiday Safety" page for more information.

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