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Park City, KS 67147
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A solid fuel appliance is any heater that uses wood, wood
pellets, coal or even agricultural crops - corn for
instance - as a fuel. These appliances are items that
most people are familiar with: wood stoves, coal
stoves, wood pellet stoves, fireplaces - both masonry
and factory built.
However, if not properly installed or maintained,
they can be one of the nation’s leading causes of fire
deaths and property loss. It is also recommended that
have your solid fuel-burning appliance inspected
annually by a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney
Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
Reasons for fire deaths and property loss related to solid fuel appliances are related to improper
installation, improper maintenance, improper fueling,
improper operation and arranging household contents too
close to them. Creosote buildup in chimneys is cited as
a leading cause of fires. Annual chimney inspections
are recommend and cleaning as often as necessary.
When buying a new unit, make sure it carries the
mark of an independent testing laboratory (such as U.L.
or Warncock-Hershey). Make certain that a qualified technician installs it according to
local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
A certified professional should inspect
fireplaces, chimneys, chimney connectors and wood or
coal stoves annually.
Maintain a 36" clearance from the heater to any
combustible material unless the testing laboratory
allows for closer installation. This includes, but
is not limited to, furniture, wood framing and trim, sheetrock, etc.
Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
in your home.
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