A wood-burning stove often appeals to a homeowner looking for a more economical, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly home heating option. However, if a wood stove is not used and maintained properly, it can end up being a serious fire risk or lead to a dangerous accumulation of smoke and carbon monoxide in a home.
To help homeowners prevent fires and other related hazards caused by wood stoves, The Andover Companies has created a downloadable information sheet with tips on how to operate a wood stove as safely as possible. Our number one recommendation is to have your stove professionally installed. Then, there are several things a homeowner can do to reduce the risk of fire when using their wood-burning stove, including:
Our wood stove info sheet contains many more safety tips like these. In addition, you will learn about three common ways wood-burning stoves can lead to house fires and some of the chief warning signs that a wood stove is not running properly and requires maintenance. If you smell smoke or something that seems like burning plastic or hot metal, see dark smoke venting from your stove or chimney, or notice any other signs that make you think there might be a problem with your stove, we urge you to call 911 right away. It is not safe to try to put out any type of fire yourself.
Interest in wood-burning stoves tends to heat up as temperatures go down. If you’re thinking of purchasing a wood stove for your home, one of the people you should reach out to is your local insurance professional, as installing this type of heat source in your home may require an adjustment to your home insurance coverage.
The Andover Companies team is committed to providing you with up-to-date insights that help you take the best possible care of your home—one of your most important investments. Please check out our blog for more articles on preventing common property risks, such as freezing pipes, home fires, and break-ins.
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