Fireplaces and wood stoves are the most economical option compared to gas or electricity. These appliances provide warmth and comfort during the winter, and have become the undisputed protagonists in sales this year.
Wood stoves are very safe as long as the house meets the minimum requirements for their placement, installation and maintenance.
Its greatest risk is a bad combustion, affecting not only the environment, but also our health. Accidental fires and carbon monoxide we must know how to prevent them, for that reason, you must carry out a series of actions that we tell you below:
- Whenever you are going to purchase a wood stove, it should be a qualified professional (if possible, specialized in stoves and fireplaces) who performs the installation. We advise you to carry out a test ignition once the wood stove is installed.
- You should request a complete overhaul of the installation at least once a year.
- Sweep the stove or chimney. At the end of the winter season, you should deep clean the stove or chimney at least once a year. As for maintenance cleaning, it should be done once a week during the winter.
- Ventilate the room where the stove is located every day for 10-15 minutes. We must avoid the accumulation of particles formed by combustion.
- Frequently examine the elements of the stove to see if cracks have formed in the ducts or pipes.
- Check the temperature of the walls and floors. They should not reach high temperatures.
- If the fireplace or stove has a door, make sure it closes tightly. Especially when you go to sleep or are not near the stove.
- While the stove is lit, we must always be careful not to leave it unattended.
- You should use dry, non-resinous firewood. We tell you which is the best firewood for your fireplace here.
- Do not handle flammable liquids for ignition.
- Always control the children when the stove is in use. Teach them to stay at least three feet away from the stove. Also, do not allow pets near the stove.
- We recommend installing smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in the home.
- Make sure that items and furniture around the stove are non-combustible and self-extinguishing.
- We recommend having a fire extinguisher or a can of fire extinguishing foam for added safety.
When we acquire an appliance we must know all the advantages it has, but also, in Panadero, as manufacturers of wood stoves, we must inform you of the safety measures.
Enjoy your wood stove, its warmth and comfort, always, with the utmost safety!
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