It is that time of year again, chestnuts roasting by the open fire, jack frost nipping at your nose and all sorts of fun around the fireplace or wood stove.
Keep in mind that there is a reason why insurance companies do not like wood heat, there are a lot of people who do not know how to keep this special heat safe.
And one of the key ways beginners burn down their homes, fences, garages, etc is that they are not aware of the dangers of that hidden coal inside a bucket of ashes.
Treat these with respect, never put into a burnable or melt-able container, always put them outside, away from any combustible materials.
When possible spread them out around the trees in your yard where they can fertilize your trees while killing the coals with the snow in your yard.
As a precaution when spreading ashes around your yard trees, make sure you have snow on the ground or you will need to douse the ashes with a bucket of water to prevent your yard from catching on fire.
Be careful with the disposal of fireplace ashes
The Montgomery County Fire Department received a call saying a house was on fire. When they arrived, a wood fence was on fire and the fire had not yet reached the house. The cause was improperly handled fireplace ashes. This could have become a major fire during the holidays.
Be very careful with your disposal of fireplace ashes. The fire department recomends a metal container with a cover.
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A real estate broker since 1960, I have retired from RE/MAX Realty Group in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The needs of past clients and referrals will be met by long time associates.
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