Wood Heat Safety Tips

Wood Heat Safety Tips

  • Burn dry, well-seasoned wood to reduce risk of excessive creosote build-up.
  • Store wood outdoors, stacked in an open area or shed away from the house to provide good air-flow to assist drying.
  • Check chimneys and flue pipes often for creosote and soot build up and keep clean to prevent chimney fires.
  • Maintain a proper cap on top of chimneys to protect against damage from rain or snow.
  • Inspect spark screens on chimney caps regularly to make sure smoke can vent properly.
  • Keep combustible materials a safe distance away from woodstoves and fireplaces.
  • Always use a properly fitting screen for fireplaces to keep sparks and embers contained.
  • Allow ashes from woodstoves or fireplaces to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
  • Install working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas to alert you to a fire in your home.  Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with your family.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you to the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas.