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KKK Have a QUALIFIED professional install stoves, chimney connectors,
KKK Stoves should be listed by a qualiﬁed testing laboratory.
KKK In wood stoves, burn only DRY, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn
only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
KKK Have your chimney and stove INSPECTED and cleaned by a certiﬁed
chimney sweep every fall just before heating season.
KKK CLEAN the inside of your stove periodically using a wire brush.
KKK Allow ashes to COOL before disposing of them. Place ashes in a covered
metal container. Keep the container at least 10 feet away from the home
and other buildings.
KKK Keep a CLOSE EYE on children whenever a wood
or pellet stove is being used. Remind them to
stay at least 3 feet away from the stove.
KKK Stoves need SPACE. Keep anything that can burn
at least 3 feet away from the stove.
KKK INSTALL and maintain carbon monoxide alarms
(CO) outside each sleeping area and on every
level of the home. For the best protection,
interconnect the CO alarms.
When one sounds,
they all sound.
Wood & Pellet Stove Wood & Pellet Stove
As the temperature drops outside, wood and pellet stoves may be ﬁred up
inside the home. What you may not realize is that heating equipment is
one of the leading causes of home ﬁres during the winter months.
Install and maintain smoke
alarms on EVERY level of your
home, outside each separate
sleeping area and inside
each bedroom. For the best
protection, interconnect the
When one sounds, they all
sound. TEST all smoke alarms
at least monthly.