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Wood & Pellet-Burning Stoves
Safety Tips (a partial list)
To help remind us of the dangers of home heating fires, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), have combined efforts to bring us these safety tips:

  • Install the stove, chimney connectors and chimneys following manufacturers’ instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  • Wood stoves should have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Start the fire with newspaper or kindling, never with a flammable liquid such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline.
  • Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze
NFPA Get Ahead
of the Winter
Freeze Tips
  • Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected at least once a year.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Download Sparky’s Home Heating Safety Checklist and hang it on your refrigerator to remind every member of your family to stay safe and warm this (and every!) winter.
  • For fuel assistance, contact the Energy Assistance Referral line: (866) 674-6327.
For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA's report, “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" (PDF, 723 KB), by John R. Hall, Jr., November 2011
USFA’s, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547