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Preventing Damage From Alternative Heating Sources

Preventing Damage From Alternative Heating Sources

Plenty of homes throughout the U.S. use alternative heating sources to maintain their houses warm. With these alternative methods, however, there are risks that your put your home in. Below are some tips on how to prevent your alternative heating sources from causing damage to your property.

Stove Replacement

When placing a stove, there must be adequate installation space. The appropriate spacing is also necessary for maintenance and replacement as well as flue and vent pipe routing. Protection of the stove or any surrounding combustible surface is also required including enough protection in front of the fire box and where the ash removal is.

Pellet Stoves

When thinking about pellet stoves, always hire an installer that is licensed and certified. Stove replacement must allow appropriate spacing for access to proper venting and electrical sources, and certified installers operate according to these guidelines. There are also the following tips to follow when having a pellet stove:

  • Outlets must be checked for proper voltage, grounding and polarity
  • Stoves that have an open firebox should have at least a 6-inch working space along the front combustion chamber side.
  • Keep the stove clear of all combustible materials.

Space Heaters

Although these are affordable and a perfect fit for heating up a small space, they have also lead to a series oh house fires during the winter months.  Here are some tips when you’re using a space heater at home:

  • Look for products that are tested by UL
  • Buy a model that has an automatic shut-off feature
  • Be sure to maintain a 36-inch clearance between the heater and any items in it’s surroundings
  • Do not leave the heater unattended
  • Check the cord for any damage and signs of the device overheating
  • Never run the cord under any rugs or carpeting


Fireplaces are still used throughout many home in the U.S. but requires proper maintenance to ensure safety. Here are some tips to prevent any damage if you own a fireplace:

  • Annual inspections are required by a professional chimney sweep
  • Regular cleaning will keep the fireplace free of obstructions
  • Maintain proper clearance around the fireplace
  • Keep glass doors open when in use
  • Never burn garbage, or use any liquid accelerant, such as gasoline
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before closing the damper

Knowing how to prevent damages and disasters is also your safest bet. Please stay cautious as the winter months continue and fire hazard risks increase.