Cuddling up on a frigid November night with a faithful women by your side, a glass of scotch, and a roaring fire can be a very satisfying feeling. But it’s important to understand that this fire could be potentially dangerous. If the correct preventive controls are not in place, the fire warming your winter wonderland could be potentially devastating. Thankfully, we at central-alarm have a few convenient tips to help protect against the devastation of a fire.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms
Some states actually require that homes equipped with chimneys or wood stoves must install carbon monoxide alarms. You should install a carbon monoxide and smoke alarm for every level of the house. The ideal location for a smoke alarm is at the bottom of the stairwell or outside sleeping rooms. The ideal location for a carbon monoxide alarm is near the fireplace or stove.
Choosing the Correct Stove
First off, make sure the stove passes the visual test. If something looks off, then chances are it is. Only purchase a stove that’s comprised of something legitimate like iron or steel. Moreover, you should only purchase stoves that are checked by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This laboratory assures that your stove is safe.
If you have a wood-burning stove, only burn wood, coal, or whatever fuel the manufacturer recommends. Do not cut corners by burning garbage or anything similar for that matter. The same goes for the fireplace. Burning quality, seasoned firewood is the only viable option. Using overly dry branches or firewood could cause a fire to occur, or lead to the buildup of creosote, which will ruin your fire place.
At central-alarm we encourage all our customers to use reason when handling anything relating to fire. An alarm can save your life, but you can save yourself from trouble by acting responsibly.