How to avoid wood burner or chimney fires as temperatures drop

 How to avoid wood burner or chimney fires as temperatures drop

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — It’s safe to say that it has been a milder winter so far in North Central Wisconsin, especially in comparison to previous years.

Now that temperatures are beginning to consistently drop more overnight and into the early morning, the Wausau Fire Department says it’s pretty common for people to begin switching some of their methods of heat.

During times that are milder, sticking to gas or electric heat is most common. When temperatures shift the preferred method changes to wood burning.

Before switching to wood burning, making sure fireplaces and chimneys are properly clean should take place first. Clearing vents and flues of debris, snow, nests or anything that may obstruct it is important.

“Make sure that when you do fire up you’re using your damper properly and you’re using clean dry…

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