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Wood stoves and fire safety

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Improper use of wood burning appliances (stoves, furnaces, wood/oil combination, wood pellet stoves, fireplaces, etc.) can lead to devastating fires.

Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue encourages everyone to have their wood burning appliance inspected and serviced by a W.E.T.T. certified technician or chimney sweep annually.

The Fire Service offers the following tips:

  • Wood burning appliances need to be operated properly
  • Use dampers and understand how they operate specific to your appliance
  • Recognize proper operating temperatures for your appliance
  • Be cautious when removing ashes
  • Schedule regular cleaning and maintenance
  • Monitor chimneys for creosote buildup

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