Because of the ever-growing cost of natural gas, many people have resorted to purchasing a wood stove to heat their homes. While this may be a cost effective way to get heat, there are many dangers that having a live fire can cause. Each year, about 3,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives in residential fires. These deaths are most often the result of smoke and toxic gases, not burns.
To learn how you can take the necessary precautions when choosing, installing, ventilating, and maintaining your wood burning stove, see the Wood Burning Stove Safety Tips checklist (PDF).