PSA - Fireplace Safety - Calgary Fire Department
October 10, 2012 01:18 PM Category: Fire
With Fire Prevention Week upon us and the cooler weather settling in, the Calgary Fire Department wants to remind Calgarians about safe practices surrounding the use of fireplaces.
Many people use fireplaces, wood stoves, and other fuel-fired appliances to heat their homes. The main concern when using fireplaces or wood burning stoves is the build up of toxic carbon monoxide in the home. When a wood burning fireplace is in use, air is drawn out of the home and up the fireplace chimney. This air must be replaced to maintain the ideal air-to-gas ratio that is needed to maintain safe levels.
The following are some key points to keep in mind when using wood or fuel fired appliances:
There are upgrades available to wood burning appliances. New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved appliances burn cleaner (up to 90 per cent less smoke) and more efficiently (use up to one third less wood).
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit:
Onward/Working to reduce the risk of injury, the Calgary Fire Department is committed to delivering prevention-based outreach to Calgarians and encouraging citizen responsibility and safe practices. /2020 Sustainability Direction: By 2020, The City of Calgary’s recordable injury rate is best in class for Canadian Municipalities.
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