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#TIPS Fireplace & Wood Stove Safety

More than a third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as a heat source in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.

• Heating fires account for 36% of home fires every year. These fires are often due to creosote build-ups in
chimneys and stovepipes. Practicing the following safety tips will help keep your home fires burning safely:
• Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified specialist.
• Leave fireplace glass doors open while burning a fire.
• Close the glass doors when the fire is out to prevent air from the chimney getting into the room.
• Always use a metal mesh screen for wood burning fireplaces.
• Keep air inlets of wood stoves open, and never restrict the air supply for fireplaces.
• Use fire resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

And remember… all home heating systems require regular maintenance to function properly, efficiently and safely.

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