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FREDERICK ALTERNATE HEATERS
Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean
your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually
by a certified chimney specialist.
the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and
use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces. Leave glass doors
open while burning a fire.
stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
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.
fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.
use flammable liquids to start a fire.
only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates
small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or
building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace
on an adequate supporting grate.
leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the
fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
hot ashes in water and place them in a metal container
outside your home.
the Outside of Your Home
firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.
the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.
the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.
branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.
the Inside of Your Home
smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test them
monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.
proper venting systems for all heating equipment.
all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.