Fireplace and Wood Burning Safety


  • Have chimneys professionally inspected and cleaned each year.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen when burning fires.
  • Burn only wood and NOT paper or pine boughs that can float out of a chimney and ignite your roof.
  • If you are hanging stockings by a fireplace, do not burn a fire.

Wood Burning Stoves

  • Stove connector pipes and chimneys should be inspected each year by a professional.
  • Use short hot fires rather than long smoldering ones.
  • Don't leave a stove unattended when children are present.
  • Never use gasoline, kerosene, charcoal starter or other flammables to start a fire.
  • Empty ashes into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep containers off of combustible floors.


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