Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Be careful of wood stoves’ dangers

With the increasing cost of home heating, more and more energy conscious homeowners are considering installing wood stoves at homes. However, there is an issue here that an undesirable result has been a corresponding increase in the number of wood stove and chimney fires. Therefore, more and more homeowners pay much attention to the safety of wood stoves they purchased.

We all don’t want to make our home be damaged due to the fire at home. So to reduce the chances of having a fire in your home, we should follow on proper selection, installation, maintenance and operation of a wood stove.
1. Selection and Installation
Well, to protect your family and property, this equipment must be installed and operated properly.

2. Know Your Wood Stove
The proper and timely maintenance of your wood stove can reduce the possibility of a fire. The following points concerning your stove pipe and chimney should be carefully checked during the initial set up and maintenance of the stove.

3. After Installation
After installation, a pot of water should be kept on the wood stove when the stove is in use. Wood heat is a very dry heat and the water will help keep the air moist. This is especially important to help keep children's skin from drying out during the heating season.

At home, the most safety we concern is the children’s safety, because children are fascinated with fire. Once you install a stove, you should discuss with them the dangers.

For older children, they can help with wood stove chores, such as bringing in firewood or pellets. They can also help sweep up the area or engage younger children while the parent is occupied with the stove. Other chores, such as loading the stove or emptying the ash pan is best left to older teenagers or adults.

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