The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 8, 2013

Officials urge caution as peak time for heating fires looms



• If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not attempt to light the appliance. Turn off all the controls and open doors and window. Call a gas service person.


Wood burning stoves

• Install the stove, chimney connectors and chimneys following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.

• Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

• In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.

• Start the fire with newspaper or kindling, never with a flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline.

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

• Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate with water.

• Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected at least once a year.


NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education, according to its website.

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