Problem: Burns, fires, toxic fumes, falls


Use only a safe stove, properly installed and maintained.

Place the stove:

  • On a fireproof platform
  • At least 1 meter (3 feet) from walls or furniture
  • Out of the child care area
  • If the stove is near where children play, place a barricade between the stove and the play area.


  • Make sure your stove is airtight and has no cracks or gaps in the seams.
  • Have the fire department check to see that it has been hooked up correctly.
  • Have your chimney cleaned at least once a year to prevent creosote buildup.

Burning wood:

  • Burn only seasoned wood.
  • Never burn painted or pressure-treated wood.