Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service #FireSafeHoliday Series

Released: December 23, 2015 at 12:16 p.m.
Tip #5: Stoves and Fireplace Safety

Winnipeg, MB - In our #FireSafeHoliday series, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service would like share some helpful tips to help you minimize the risk of a fire in your home and make your holiday season enjoyable and safe.

Stoves and Fireplaces

Using your fireplace or stove is a great holiday tradition, but it’s important to consider the carbon monoxide generated by wood-burning stoves or fireplaces. Some things to keep in mind for safe burning are:

  • Burn dry, well-seasoned wood that has been properly split. Green wood emits larger amounts of creosote.
  • Burn small, hot fires. A smoldering fire makes more smoke and therefore a larger creosote buildup.
  • Never burn garbage or glossy paper, like wrapping paper. Plastic and coloured ink on magazines and wrappers produce harmful chemicals and creosote when burned.
  • Never burn treated wood like particle board, plywood, or any other painted wood. This treated wood releases chemicals and can create creosote build-up.
  • Always start your fire with newspaper and dry kindling. Never use gasoline, kerosene, charcoal starter or a propane torch - a fire can quickly get out of control when using fuels other than wood.

And don’t forget, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors make great gifts for those special people on your list.

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