Fireplace and wood stove safety tips

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SIDNEY, Neb. FEMA is providing fireplace and wood stove heating safety tips to prevent a fire this winter.

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from your fireplace or wood stove.

Do not burn paper in your fireplace or wood stove.

Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.

Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Place the container outside at least ten feet from your home.

For your fireplace;
-Keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out.

-Make sure fireplace ‘on’ switches and remote controls are out of reach of children.

For your wood stove;
-Make sure your wood stove has been tested by a qualified testing laboratory.

-Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.