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How to properly dispose of ashes from fireplaces and wood stoves

4/25/2024 (Permalink)

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Hey there, homeowners! At SERVPRO®, we understand the importance of maintaining a safe and cozy home during the colder months. Many of us enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire in our fireplaces or wood stoves. However, it's crucial to know how to properly dispose of the ashes to prevent potential hazards. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the steps of safely handling and disposing of fireplace and wood stove ashes.

Why Proper Ash Disposal Matters

Proper ash disposal is not just about cleanliness; it's a safety measure too. Hot embers can linger in seemingly cold ashes, posing a fire risk. Plus, improperly disposed ashes can damage the environment and even your property. So, let's dive into the dos and don'ts of ash disposal.

Let the Ashes Cool Completely

Before doing anything, give the ashes ample time to cool down. It may take several hours or even overnight. Avoid rushing this step to prevent accidental burns or fires.

Use the Right Tools

Invest in a metal ash bucket with a tight-fitting lid and a sturdy metal scoop. Plastic containers are a no-go as hot ashes can melt through them. Keep these tools exclusively for ash disposal to avoid cross-contamination.

Scoop, Don't Sweep

Using a metal scoop, carefully transfer the cooled ashes into the metal bucket. Avoid sweeping ashes with a broom, as this can create airborne particles and increase the risk of inhalation.

Store the Ashes Safely

Once the ashes are in the metal bucket, secure the lid tightly. Store the bucket away from any combustible materials, preferably outside on a non-flammable surface.

Dispose of Ashes Properly

Never dispose of ashes in your regular trash bin. Instead, take them to a designated ash disposal site or mix them with water and spread them in your garden as a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Be cautious not to dump ashes near dry grass or flammable materials.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure the safe and responsible disposal of fireplace and wood stove ashes. At SERVPRO, we prioritize the well-being of your home and family. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the winter season responsibly. If you ever face unexpected challenges related to fire damage, remember, we're just a call away!

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