Ten Wood Burning safety Tips
Source: The Chimney Safety Institute of America
To aid in the prevention of chimney fires and carbon monoxide intrusion and to help keep wood burning fireplaces and wood stoves functioning properly, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) offers the following safety tips for new and returning wood burners.
1. Get an annual chimney check. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisonings due to creosote buildup or obstructions in the chimneys.
2. Keep it clear. Keep tree branches and leaves at least 15 feet away from the top of the chimney.
3. Install a chimney cap. This will keep debris and animals out of the chimney.
4. Choose the right fuel. For burning firewood in wood stoves or fireplaces, choose well-seasoned wood that has been split for a minimum of six months to one year, and stored in a covered and elevated location. Never burn Christmas trees or treated wood in your fireplace or wood stove.
5. Build it Right Place firewood or fire logs at the rear of the fireplace on a supporting grate. To start the fire, use kindling or a commercial firelighter. Never use flammable liquids.