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Heating Safely with Solid Fuels - Chimney, Wood, Coal, and Pellet Stoves
With the rising cost associated with heating homes, there is the temptation to utilize alternative sources of heating. However, be sure not to overlook critical safety issues while using alternative heating sources in your homes.
Proper Use of Wood, Coal, and Pellet Stoves
To prevent fires from ashes, ashes that are cleaned out from the stove or fireplace should be shoveled into a metal bucket with a metal lid and placed outside on the ground on a non-combustible surface away from the building. There have been many recent fires from ashes stored underneath a deck or porch or inside the garage or from ashes stored in cardboard boxes. A live ember can continue to smolder unnoticed for quite some time.
Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Install smoke alarms to warn of a fire, but also have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home to warn about deadly fumes from a faulty furnace, fireplace, and oven flue or other venting problem. Problems with heating systems is the #1 source of carbon monoxide in homes.
It’s not about saving lives; it’s about saving your life.
December 9, 2009