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As winter approaches many of you will light up those fireplaces and wood stoves that have been dormant all summer. Keep these tips in mind while you burn this winter.
- Be sure fireplaces and stoves are installed correctly. Wood stoves should have at least a 90-centimetre clearance from any combustible materials, along with a sturdy support system. The floor around the stove should also be adequately protected.
- Have all chimneys inspected annually. Clean them when necessary or if they have not been used in some time.
- Never use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire.
- Always keep a protective screen of glass or metal around the opening of any active fireplace. This will keep sparks or embers from creating a possible fire hazard while also protecting those around the unit from a potential burn injury.
- Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantle. If using a stove, do not leave flammable items in contact with the body of the unit.
- Only fuel your fire with materials approved for indoor use. Never use charcoal in such situations, as it can give off an unsafe level of carbon monoxide.