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Disposing of Ashes from a Wood-Burning Stove: Be Careful!

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The Service de sécurité incendie de Châteauguay would like to remind citizens to take precautions when disposing of hot ashes from a wood-burning stove or fireplace. During the recent cold snap, firefighters were called twice to put out fires started by the improper disposal of ashes. Fortunately, the damage was limited.

Here are some important precautions to take:

  • Empty the ashes from your woodstove or fireplace on a regular basis.
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container that has a raised bottom and a metal lid.
  • Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up hot ashes.
  • Put the container outdoors on a non-combustible surface.
  • Make sure that there is a minimum distance of one meter between the metal container and the walls of a house, garage, toolshed and any other combustible material, such as a hedge or canvas cover.
  • Allow the ashes to sit in the container for at least three to seven days before putting them in the garbage.
  • Check that the ashes are completely cool before transferring them into another type of container. Stir the ashes from time to time to make sure that no heat is released

The Service de sécurité incendie de Châteauguay would also like to point out the importance of having enough working smoke detectors and making sure that they are less than 10 years old. It is also advisable to install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector near a fireplace or woodstove.

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For more information:
Service de sécurité incendie de Châteauguay
450 698-3214
www.ville.chateauguay.qc.ca

Last update: 2018-02-23 13:52