Woodstove ashes cause another fire
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.