The cold weather is almost over and many people were supplementing their main heat source by using a woodstove. When doing this remember to keep a few things in mind.
- Make sure your woodstove has been properly installed by a licensed contractor. The smell of smoke in your home means something is not quite right. This could cause respiratory problems for the occupants. It can also lead to bigger problems. You should never smell smoke if the woodstove has been properly installed.
- Have the stove and the chimney cleaned on a regular basis so that creosote does not build up and cause a chimney fire.
- Never leave woodstoves unattended.
- Have proper clearances away from combustible material including drywall and plaster. Make sure you adhere to clearance requirements and install floor pads and heat shields as needed.
- When temperatures are below 32 degrees make sure your primary heat is coming on to keep water pipes furthest from woodstove heat from freezing.
- You should make sure your smoke alarms are in working order.
These are just a few items to be aware of. For a more detailed outline and list of woodstove installation requirements please contact your insurance agent.