Wood­stove ashes cause an­other fire

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS -

Fol­low­ing a fire that took place in the Fleu­ri­mont Bor­ough, the Sher­brooke fire depart­ment would like to re­mind the pub­lic how to prop­erly deal with hot wood­stove or fire­place ashes.

Reg­u­larly empty the ashes from wood­stoves and place them in a metal­lic con­tainer with a lid. Hot ashes can eas­ily start fires! Put the con­tainer out­side be­cause the ashes give off car­bon monox­ide. Keep the con­tainer away from the walls of the house or build­ings be­cause the ashes can stay ac­tive (able to start a fire) for three days or longer. Don’t put ashes in brown bins for com­post­ing un­til they are com­pletely cold, af­ter wait­ing at least seven days af­ter tak­ing them from the wood stove. The Sher­brooke fire depart­ment ac­tu­ally rec­om­mends that peo­ple col­lect the ashes dur­ing the heat­ing sea­son, dis­pos­ing of them in one shot in the spring.

A good trick is to put a shovel of snow on top of the ashes be­fore putting the lid on the con­tainer.

For more in­for­ma­tion about safety and wood burn­ing stoves, Sher­brooke res­i­dents can call the Preven­tion Divi­sion of the Sher­brooke fire depart­ment at 819 821-5517.

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