Maintain your stove or fireplace:
- The gasket ensures a tight seal between the door and the stove or fireplace, and should be replaced if there are signs of wear or changes in performance.
- Check the owner’s manual or with a local fireplace dealer for information on other parts that may need occasional replacement (e.g. catalytic converters, baffles, insulation, firebrick, etc.).
When using fireplaces and wood burning stoves in your home, it is essential to follow the following precautions to prevent the build up of CO:
- The fireplace damper must be open when the fireplace is in use. The open damper allows the smoke and gases to exit.
- Ensure a fresh air supply into your home.
- Keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- Once the fire is completely out and the ashes are cold or whenever a wood-burning fireplace is not in use, close the damper. This will prevent air and heat loss up the chimney and cold air drafts from coming down the chimney.
- There are smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home.
- You test smoke/carbon monoxide alarms once per month. Batteries are replaced yearly if your alarms are not hardwired.
- You can hear all alarms in the home, especially in sleeping areas.
- Smoke alarms more than 10 years old are replaced.