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Heating & Fireplace Safety Tips
matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making
sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working
order is an important part of learning some fall fire safety
tips. Many things can go wrong with heating equipment during
the spring and summer months. Verify that everything you need
to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good
working order before you experience the first cold snap of
Heating System Safety Tips
- Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced
by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning)
contractor every year before using it.
- If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient
quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed
in your home.
Space Heater Safety Tips
- Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least
three feet of empty space.
- Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater
- Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
- Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to
- Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.
Fireplace Safety Tips
could be better than curling up in front of the fireplace
or woodstove on a cold winter's night? What could be worse
than burning your house down because you didn't properly dispose
of the ashes!
year, hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage occurs and
dozens of families are displaced because of fires in their
homes that are caused by the improper disposal of fireplace
ashes. Fireplace and wood-stove ashes retain enough heat to
ignite other combustible materials for several days after
is important to learn the following ways to dispose of
fireplace and wood-stove ashes properly:
1. Do not discard your ashes into any combustible container
like a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic
2. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the
house or going to bed.
3. When you want to stop a fire from burning, do not add any
additional wood to the fireplace. This will allow the fire
to cease on its own accord. When a fire is ceasing, leave
it alone and do not remove any ashes that accumulate until
they have cooled when a gray color prevails in the ashes and
when heat does not emanate from the ashes. The cooling process
for ashes should take between 10-15 hours. Once the ashes
have cooled, use a metal scoop and bucket to remove them from
the fireplace. Using metal objects is another safety precaution
in case there are any hot ashes
remaining in the fireplace that you did not notice. After
ashes have cooled in a metal container, it is necessary to
find a suitable disposal site. Never dump fireplace ashes
until they have had at least four days to cool.
4. If you are not sure whether all the ashes in the bucket
have cooled completely, you can also add some water to the
bucket to douse any remaining hot spots.
5. Do not ever store the ashes inside your house or garage.
Keep them at least six (6) feet away from anything that burns
including your deck or house. These ashes can smolder for
hours and possibly days after they may appear to be out; and,
in addition to the danger of an unintentional fire, they can
emit deadly fumes.
6. When the ashes have been disposed of properly, clean and
sweep out your fireplace. It is ready to be used another time.
Center Fire Protection District has responded to numerous
potential major fires due to the improper disposal of ashes
over the past few years.
Fireplace Safety Tips
Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it
- Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
- Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
- Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside
- Do not every use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within
three feet of your fireplace.
- For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines
inspected before use each season.
- Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous
as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using
- It is important to learn the following ways to dispose of
fireplace and wood-stove ashes properly: Click to View More
Fireplace and Wood Stove safety tips.
& Propane Fireplaces
Gas and propane fireplace maintenance should be done by a
trained professional from your gas or utility company. Here
is a list of the items they will check and test for proper
operation. It is advised you have your gas or propane fireplace
inspected and cleaned annually.
- Check fan operation
- Clean pilot and burners
- Check gas pilot safety system
- Check thermostat
- Check for proper ignition and combustion
- Check venting and chimney draw, where accessible
- Check for proper ventilation air
- Paint fire box, if required
- Clean glass
- Inspect door gasket
- Clean equipment exterior