Ashes away!

How is your burning season going so far? Do you have enough properly prepared wood to burn? How about your ashes? Do you have a safe system in place to dispose of them?

Did you know that families loose their homes every year from improperly disposed of fireplace ashes?

FEMA’s US Fire Administration recommends that homeowners always:

  1. Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them.
  2. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container.
  3. Keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings.
  4. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water first.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America also has some good reminders about the SAFE disposal of your ashes this winter. Here is an excerpt from a helpful blog post from earlier this week:

“The holidays are here, and there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be hosting some kind of get together at your home – friends, co-workers, family.  Before your party, you may want to tidy up your fireplace before the guests arrive to remove those ugly ash piles that can build up in the space.

Maybe there’s no party, and you just need to clean away the ash because it’s piled too high after your early season fires.

Whatever the reason, disposing of ash from your fireplace in a proper way is often overlooked, if considered at all, by homeowners.” Read more HERE.

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