Anyone living in the northeast region of the United States knows what it means to hunker down for the winter. For most of us, it means turning up the heat, adding fuel to the fire, and adding a blanket on the bed. Mother Nature sure can throw a lot at us hardy New Englanders. We can handle it, but it is always a good a idea to be reminded of winter safety tips when it comes to wood or pellet stoves and heating equipment.
Wood and Pellet Stove Safety – While it may be cozy to fire up the wood stove or fireplace, homeowners should practice safety when it comes to these in-home stoves/fireplaces. Follow these safety tips when it comes to stoves or fireplaces.
- Have a certified professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
- In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood.
- In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
- Have your chimney and stove inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep every fall just before heating season.
- Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them and place ashes in a covered metal container outdoors.
- Keep children away from stoves and fireplaces when they are being used.
- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the stove.
Supplemental Heaters – For many older homes that are not insulated well or have window gaps, supplemental heat may be necessary. If you do choose a space heater, check for safety features and practice safe heating yourself.
- Turn off all space or portable heaters when you are not right next to them.
- Stay at least three feet away from the heater.
- Do not use space heaters as your primary source of heat.
- Keep children away from space heaters and remind them that they are not toys.
- In addition to keeping children away from these types of heaters, it is a good idea to have all items away from the heater, especially items that are easily ignited.
Wayne Alarm reminds you to install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms (CO) outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. For the best protection, interconnect the CO alarms. If you are looking for smoke, fire, and CO protection in your home call Wayne Alarm at our Lynn office at (781) 595-0000 or at our Nantucket office at (508) 825-9200, or visit our website for more information.