Wood Stove Safety
|A fire in a wood burning stove is a warm and welcome relief from the temperature outside. Wood burning stoves can be an economical way to supplement your home heating. However, all your plans for a cozy night may go up in smoke if your unit is not properly installed and maintained.
GOOD MAINTENANCE IS THE KEY
PROPER INSTALLATION IS CRITICAL
Metal covered insulation flooring under the stove will protect the floor from sparks. Heat from woodstoves installed too close to walls, floors and furniture can dry out the wood around it, causing chemical changes that would make it more flammable. A related fire hazard exists when the flue pipe or chimney is too close to a wooden structure or ceiling.
Your wood stove must be installed by a professional to ensure it is done correctly.
If you use a prefabricated chimney, it must be a ULC approved high temperature type (650 degrees C). Wherever possible, provide a separate chimney for each stove. If another appliance is connected to the same chimney as the stove, there is a danger that flue gases will be drawn into the house through a second opening under certain weather conditions. Check your Provincial building codes for acceptable combinations.
SIGNS OF A GOOD OPERATION
Here are some tips on how you can tell if your woodstove is running as it should, as well as some advice on installation:
This information is intended only as a guide. For specific instructions, check with the stove manufacturer or a wood appliance dealer.
This material is provided for informational purposes only. The provisions of your policy prevail. Please read your policy in detail and consult your broker if you have any questions.