In the past few years local fire authorities have had to inform people of safety advice regarding using wood burning stoves, as their have been a rising number of fires related to bad installation, however this is only a small amount of homes. This increasing number of incidents has come about due to the large rise of fuel costs and the continuous recession, making us search for cheaper ways to heat our homes. Nevertheless this has created some people to use cheaper methods in fitting their wood burning stoves, which in turn can create house fires. It is essential to know that wood burning stoves are extremely safe and effective to use to heat your home. It is important if you are new to this to make sure you are aware of all the wood burner safety regulations to follow.
Wood Burner Safety Regulations
- The Stove must be fitted properly by a Hetas registered installer, who can fit your wood burning, stove properly and check your chimney.
- To ensure wood burner safety, when your wood burning stove is burning it can become very hot to the touch so therefore it is important if you have children, elderly or animals that you have a fireguard for protection.
- Do not stack logs or place any other combustible materials next to the fire. The fire service has been called to fires caused as a result of logs being stored against the hot external surface of wood burners.
- For wood burner safety, it is extremely import to make sure your installer supplies you with a carbon monoxide detector. This should be fitted near the wood burner so you will know if there is any carbon monoxide leaking at any time.
- The SIA recommends that you have your chimney swept at the beginning and the end of the winter to avoid a build-up of tar and soot, which could damage the chimney and wood burner when not in use. From a safety point of view, blocked chimneys can also cause deadly carbon monoxide. One sweep should cost £30-£60.
- When choosing the wood for your wood burner, it is very important to choose good quality firewood. Wet wood and pieces that are not the right size and shape for your wood burner can be frustrating, burn inefficiently and deposit creosote that can fuel a dangerous chimney fire. Good planning, seasoning and storage of the firewood supply are essential to successful wood burning.
A wood burner is a wonderful way of heating your home and also very efficient as long as you follow the steps above your wood burner will be one of the focal points of your house.