As temperatures begin to drop in Australia, many households look to firewood to keep their homes warm and cosy during winter. While firewood provides a comforting and cost-effective heating solution, it is important to be aware of some safety measures to ensure your family stays safe and warm this winter.
Understanding Firewood Safety
Firewood safety begins with understanding the basics of firewood. Different types of wood burn at different rates and temperatures, and the type of wood you use can have a significant impact on your firewood experience. For example, some woods, such as pine, burn quickly and can create a lot of sparks, while others, such as oak, burn slowly and produce less heat.
When selecting firewood, it is important to choose dry, seasoned wood. This type of wood is more efficient and will burn longer and hotter than wood with high moisture content. You can tell if the wood is dry by looking for cracks in the end grain and by testing its weight. Dry wood is lighter and will feel hollow if you knock on it.
Storing Firewood Safely
The key to safe firewood storage is to ensure the wood is kept dry and away from any sources of heat. This means it needs to be stored in a well-ventilated area, such as a shed or garage, that is not exposed to direct sunlight.
When stacking the wood, it is crucial to avoid creating an unstable pile. The wood should be stacked in a way that allows air to circulate between the pieces, as this will help the wood to dry out. If the wood is stacked too tightly, it can cause the wood to rot and become a fire hazard.
Using Firewood Safely
When it comes to using firewood safely, it is important to ensure the fire is never left unattended. Fires can quickly become out of control if not monitored, so it is essential to be vigilant and keep an eye on the fire at all times.
Using a spark guard is also essential as it will help to contain any sparks or embers that might escape from the fire. Spark guards should be positioned at least 30cm away from the fire, and the mesh should be fine enough to catch any sparks that might escape.
Finally, it is vital to have the correct fire extinguishing equipment on hand in case of an emergency. A fire blanket or a bucket of sand should always be kept nearby in case the fire needs to be put out quickly.
For all your firewood needs, contact Little Loads. We deliver firewood to your home and can provide advice on selecting and using firewood safely.