Modern house lit up at night.

Wood Stove & Fireplace Safety

Unless you take certain precautions, the coziness of a warm flame can quickly turn into a house fire and result in personal injury and property damage.

Cleaning and Maintenance:

  • Have your wood stove or fire place inspected annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Have cracked or missing chimney bricks and mortar and corroded flashing repaired.
  • Remove ash buildup regularly and store in a covered metal container.
  • Never restrict air supply to wood stoves or fireplaces as it may cause the buildup of creosote and increase risk of a chimney fire.
  • Keep the hearth free of debris and materials that may catch fire easily.

Fuel Burning:

  • Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood to avoid creosote buildup in stovepipes and chimneys.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire as it can get out of control quickly.
  • Make small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Ensure it is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house.

Fire Protection:

  • Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home.
  • Change and test batteries at least twice a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by and make sure everyone in your household knows how to use it in the event of fire.

Ken Coughlin

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Ken Coughlin


Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the insurance industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Negotiation, Budgeting, Business Planning, Operations Management, and Property & Casualty Insurance.

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