Mom is still very upset, and I’m sure she won’t be thrilled to know that I’ve blogged about it, but this gives me the opportunity to remind everyone about fire safety.
We just started up our wood stove this evening. There are a lot of people that heat with wood, either using an outdoor wood furnace or an indoor wood stove. Is your wood pile far enough from your house? It may be more convenient to have ricks of wood stored right by the house but it’s definitely not safe. Is your indoor wood pile too close to the stove? Do you have the proper flooring under your stove? Around the stove? If a spark gets out, do you have the means to immediately snuff it out safely? Make sure to clean out the flu or chimney once a year.
Do you have a fire extinguisher by the stove AND in every room? This sounds a bit overkill, but what happens if you’re in the bedroom & the fire is just beyond the bedroom. An extinguisher in the kitchen won’t do you any good if the fire is between you & the kitchen.
Sorry if I’m sounding like a crotchety old nag, but I hope that someone may read this and say, “Hey, I forgot about that”. Paul & I joined our local volunteer fire department a few years ago and the training we received (and continue to receive) has been very helpful to us. Of course, don’t think my crummy little blog is going to prepare you for a fire. Talk to your local fire department or city and see if there are any fire safety classes available. It is well worth your time if you’re able to attend one of the classes.
Keep warm & safe!