Wood burning safety is the hot topic in the insurance industry – especially during the winter months when we see many reminders of the potential perils of heating your home without taking proper precautions and safety measures.
Heating with a wood-burning stove or fireplace should create a warm glow in your living room, and not a flaming disaster. You might enjoy your wood burning heat source as it helps you cut back on the high cost associated with using electric or gas burning furnace systems. Furthermore, the ambiance of a fireplace is something special. Lately there seem to be plenty of people turning to wood-burning stoves as a supplement to their home’s built in heating system, and with that surge of popularity, it is surprising that some folks who are partaking in this trend do not know all they should about wood burning safety.
Wood Burning Safety Tips from A Reliable Source
The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) offers the following safety advice:
- Don’t use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a flame
- Never burn charcoal indoors because it can produce lethal amounts of carbon monoxide
- Wood-burning stoves should be UL-listed, and well constructed.
- To reduce creosote building in a wood stove, run the stove hot twice a day for 15-30 minutes.
- Keep flammable materials away from your stove or fireplace
- Inspect and clean your chimney annually
- Use a fireplace screen to keep embers and sparks contained
- Never leave a fireplace fire unattended
Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces require supervision, maintenance and a supply of wood which some homeowners consider to be cumbersome and inefficient. If utilized regularly and with consideration to the recommended wood burning safety parameters, they can be a cost effective and very warm alternative to relying built in heating systems for a season’s worth of warmth. At Waxhaw Insurance Agency, we will share with our customers any information we have about how to avoid fires and other dangerous threats to your property. Fire is one of the biggest threats to your home. While it might be necessary to heat your home with a fireplace or wood-burning stove, knowing how to safely manage your fire is essential to staying both warm and safe during the chilly months.