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Kawartha Lakes Fire Service reminds residents of wood burning safety

Wood burning stoves

  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn such as paper, bedding or furniture at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from heating equipment.
  • Install stove, chimney connectors and chimneys following the manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  • Start fires with newspaper, kindling or fire starters. Never use a flammable liquid such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline.
  • In wood stoves, burn only dry seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry seasoned wood pellets.
  • Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.
  • Embers in the ashes can remain hot for several days, do not vacuum them or place them in combustible containers. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 3 meters (10 feet) away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
  • Supervise children whenever a wood or oil stove or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are more common than flame burns.
  • Have a 1 meter (3 feet) "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.

Fireplaces

  • Have a sturdy metal screen on a fireplace.
  • Only dry, seasoned wood should be used in fireplaces. Not only is it cleaner for the environment, it also creates less buildup in the chimney.
  • If you use artificial logs use them according to manufacturer's recommendations. Never burn more than one log at a time.
  • Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned at least once a year or as necessary.

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For more information contact:

Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue
705-324-5731 extension 545
fireprevention@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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