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Fire Safety

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Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and heaters can add a cozy glow, but make sure you are using them safely.

  1. Always keep a screen around an open flame.
  2. Never use gasoline to start your fireplace.
  3. Never burn charcoal indoors.
  4. Do not close the damper when ashes are hot.
  5. When using alternative heat sources such as a fireplace, woodstove, etc. always make sure you have proper ventilation. Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces.
  6. Have your chimney checked before the season for creosote buildup -- and then clean it.
  7. Have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors ... and make sure they work! Establish a well-planned escape route with the entire family.