Fire SafetyKeep the Fire You Want from Starting One You Don’t
Chimney fires don’t have to happen.
Here are some ways to avoid them:
What to Do if You Have a Chimney Fire.
your chimney inspected annually by a qualified professional and cleaned when necessary.
- Use seasoned woods only (dryness
is more important than hard wood versus soft wood considerations).
- Build smaller, hotter fires that burn more completely
and produce less smoke.
- Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash, or Christmas trees—these can spark
a chimney fire.
- Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures where wood stoves are in use, so
you can adjust burning practices as needed.
- Inspect and clean catalytic combustors on a regular basis, where applicable.
If you realize a chimney fire is occurring, follow these steps:
- Get everyone out of the house, including yourself.
- Call the fire department.
If you can
do so without risk to yourself, these additional steps may help save your home. Remember, however, that homes are replaceable,
lives are not:
- Put a chimney fire extinguisher into the fireplace or wood stove.
- Close the glass doors
on the fireplace.
- Close the inlets on the wood stove.
- Use a garden hose to spray down the roof (not the chimney)
so the fire won’t spread to the rest of the structure.