There is nothing cozier than a warm fire on a crisp winter night. Woodstoves are an excellent source of heat in the winter; however, you want to make sure you are doing everything right to avoid a tragic situation.
Here are some pointers to help keep your fire burning safely and efficiently:
- Any new stove or fireplace should be professionally installed
- Keep the area around the fireplace and flue clear
- Keep a fire extinguisher in a central location – be certain it is working and everyone in the house knows how to use it
- Place smoke detectors around the house and test them regularly
- Burn dry seasoned wood, which prevents creosote buildup
- Have your chimney/flue cleaned by a qualified professional at least once a year by a technician certified under Wood Energy Technical Training (WETT) or in Quebec, Association des professionnels du chauffage
If you are careful and follow the above tips, you should be able to avoid any devastating situations. But remember, accidents do happen – especially with fire. Make sure you are aware of how far the fire station is from your vacation home. In many townships in rural Ontario, firefighters work as volunteers – so it can take some time for them to respond to your emergency. Make sure you are aware and prepared when it comes to fire safety!
Random Helpful Tip
Ever wonder what to do with the ashes left behind? Use pure wood ash to: fertilize soil, get rid of slippery ice, clean smoky glass or polish silver. Who knew?!?