As we approach winter and the nights are getting cooler, many of us will begin utilizing our fireplaces and wood burning stoves.
As such we must recognize safety concerns during use.
Recently, the Toms River Fire Companies responded to fires related to improper disposal of hot ashes caused by residents thinking the ashes were safe for disposal.
Ashes should be placed in an approved metal container, soaked with water, and sealed with a tight lid away from the home prior to disposal.
Additionally, fires occur due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes.
Therefore, the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention offers the following tips on heating safety.
Have your chimney or woodstove inspected annually by a chimney specialist
Keep the area around the hearth clear of combustible materials
Never use flammable liquids to start a fire
Use only seasonedwood, soft moist wood increases creosote buildup
Never leave a fire place unattended
Stack fire wood away from your home 30-40 ft
Keep roof and gutters clear of leaves and debris
Fire places emit carbon monoxide as well as smoke, ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operable