Cozy Fire
Do the chilly temperatures have you dreaming of cozy gatherings around a brightly lit fire? To keep those gatherings fire safe, follow these helpful tips:

  • Have your fireplace and wood stoves inspected before you begin using them each year
  • Have the chimney cleaned to remove creosote, which can ignite and start a chimney fire
  • Use a tempered glass or metal screen over the fireplace opening to keep sparks inside
  • Never use papers, trash or liquid fuel
  • Burn only wood in fireplaces and wood or wood pellets in wood stoves
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from fireplaces and wood stoves
  • Openings can get hot enough to burn skin so keep children and pets away from them
  • When you’re finished with your fire, put it out before you leave home or fall asleep
  • When you clean up, place the ashes inside a metal can with a lid
  • Store the can outside away from the home, until the ashes are completely cold