Wood Heat Safety in an Emergency
This information can help you use
wood safely as an emergency heating fuel.
As most home heating systems need
electricity to work, loss of power creates a heating emergency. Many householders
use their wood burning stoves and fireplaces to heat their homes during
a power outage.
A properly installed and operated
wood stove or heating fireplace can be a safe and secure way to heat a
home. But using wet wood, a makeshift, temporary wood stove installation
or continuous use of a decorative fireplaces increases the risk of a house
fire. If possible, get professional help from a qualified chimney installer,
a chimney sweep or ask your local fire department for advice....
You Must Leave Your House Due to a Prolonged Winter Power Outage
In the winter, the power supply to
your home can be interrupted from a few hours to several days by freezing
rain, sleet, snow storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and
equipment. This is the same power supply that you need to heat your home,
be it electric baseboards or furnaces, or gas or oil furnaces (which use
electric controls and distribution fans). If you encounter an extended
period of time without power, the result can be a loss of heating, which
in turn results in a cold home, severe living conditions, and possible
damage to walls, floors and plumbing. Read