Universal Home Safety Tips
Coal Stove Safety Tips to remember before and after your purchase
- Coal Stoves should be installed by a qualified, licensed heating technician. Make sure that the technician you chose has experience installing Coal Stoves. The installation must comply with your local building codes.
- Install Coal Stoves in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications leaving sufficient space between the unit and furniture, other combustible materials, electrical cords and appliances. View the Reading Stove Owner's Manual for installation instructions. Coal Stoves should be operated in accordance with the instructions in the Reading Coal Stove User's Manual.
- Coal Stove should be cleaned according to your Reading Stove Company Owners Manual.
- Read your Reading Stove Company Owners Manual to gain a total understanding of your Coal Stove.
- Do not let people who are unfamiliar with your Coal Stove operate the stove.
- Never leave small children unattended in the room where the Coal Stove is located. Barriers can be erected to insure that small children and family pets do not come in contact with hot surfaces.
- Coal Stoves require that you always use a high quality carbon monoxide gas detector, either the one supplied with your or one of similar quality. Your carbon monoxide detector should either run on batteries or have a battery backup system to insure that the carbon monoxide detector continues to work if power is disrupted. Test the carbon monoxide detector for proper operation on a regular basis. Batteries should be replaced at least semi annually. Many people replace the batteries in their carbon monoxide detector on the day clocks are changed for daylight savings time.
- Make sure you have a high quality smoke detector in your home. Make sure that the smoke detector either runs on batteries or that there is a battery backup to insure that the detector works if power is disrupted. Test the smoke detector on a regular basis. Replace the batteries in the smoke detector at least twice each year. Again consider changing the batteries on the day clocks are changed for daylight savings time.
- Make sure your chimney or direct vent is clean, clear and in good repair. Have your chimney inspected by a competent professional.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby and handy and make sure everyone in the household knows how to use your extinguisher. Have the fire extinguisher checked annually by a qualified technician. Many times your local fire company provides this service.
- For further information on the safe operation of your stove please contact the National Fire Protection Association to obtain a copy of their publication Using Coal and Wood Stoves Safely NFPA No. HS-10-1978.