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12 Tips Before Starting Your Fireplace or Wood Stove This Year

It's getting cold, but before you use your fireplace check out these tips to avoid a disaster.

 

Temperatures are dropping quickly around Maryland, making this week a perfect opportunity to use your fireplace for the first time this fall.

But using the fireplace for the first time after the summer puts you at a risk for an accidental fire, so we asked Jackie Cutler, spokesperson for the Howard County Fire Department (HCDFRS), about what residents can do to make sure their fireplaces and wood stoves are fire-safe.

Here's 12 tips provided by Cutler:

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
  • Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
  • Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves

Protect the Outside of Your Home

  • Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.
  • Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.
  • Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents

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Vicky Carter November 19, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Thank you for your sharing, about safety tips, I don't use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves. But I will, because of your post, I will make my stove become the absolutely safe. At the same time, I also share a post about safety tips for all the stoves users from http://astovegwh.blogspot.com/2012/11/safety-tips-for-all-stoves-users.html

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