Think safety first when buying or installing a woodstove

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Wood-burning stoves can be a way to lower fuel costs and aid in heating a residence. Wood stoves and alternative heating devices can also be a life-threatening hazard if not installed properly.

A building permit is required for any alternative heating appliance prior to the installation. These are required to be a listed and labeled appliance. The installation requirements, as specified, have been tested and are required by the manufacturer for clearances. The installation should be inspected and approved through the building department prior to using the heating appliance. There may be additional air needed for proper combustion.

There are floor and wall protection requirements to prevent heat build-up and minimize the risk of fires caused by heat exposure. The chimney connector and the chimney have their own requirements for clearances from combustibles. The chimney has height requirements to properly remove products of combustion from the house.

Routine maintenance is required to prevent the build-up of creosote, a product of combustion, in the chimney connector and the chimney. Any ashes removed from the heating appliance must be completely out prior to being removed or disposed of.

Only use a metal receptacle for removing ashes. These ashes may remain a fire hazard for many hours after the fire “has gone out.” They must be removed from the building and not be in contact with materials that will burn. Improperly disposed-of ashes cause accidental fires every heating season.

The Granby Building Department urges safety when using any appliance. The department is available to answer questions at 860-844-5318.

Working smoke alarms and CO detectors save lives. Contact the Fire Marshal if you need assistance testing or installing smoke alarms. The Fire Marshal may be reached at 860-844-5321.