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How-To Safely Burn Firewood

 

 

What You Need to Know When Burning Firewood

Because Brennan’s Tree Service, cares about your safety when burning firewood, we put together these helpful tips to burn your firewood safely this season.

To aid in the prevention of chimney fires and carbon monoxide intrusion and to help keep heating appliances and fireplaces functioning properly, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) offers the following safety tips:

  1. Get an annual chimney check. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisonings due to creosote buildup or obstructions in the chimneys.
  2. Keep it clear. Keep tree branches and leaves at least 15 feet away from the top of the chimney.
  3. Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.
  4. Choose the right fuel. For burning firewood in wood stoves or fireplaces, choose well-seasoned wood that has been split for a minimum of six months – one year and stored in a covered and elevated location. Never burn Christmas trees or treated wood in your fireplace or wood stove.​
  5. Build it right. Place firewood or firelogs at the rear of the fireplace on a supporting grate using the top-down method.
  6. Keep the hearth area clear. Combustible material too close to the fireplace, or to a wood stove, could easily catch fire. Keep furniture at least 36” away from the hearth.
  7. Use a fireplace screen. Use metal mesh or a screen in front of the fireplace to catch flying sparks that could ignite or burn holes in the carpet or flooring.
  8. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Place detectors throughout the house and check batteries in the spring and fall. When you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, remember to check your batteries.
  9. Never leave a fire in a fireplace unattended. Before turning in for the evening, be sure that the fire is fully extinguished. Supervise children and pets closely around wood stoves and fireplaces.
  10. The CSIA recommends annual inspections performed by CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps. These chimney sweeps have earned the industry’s most respected credential by passing an intensive examination based on fire codes, clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. The National Fire Protection Association also recommends that all chimneys are inspected on an annual basis.

Guide to Fall Tree Care

 

Guide to Expert Tree Care (Fall)

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Summer growth branches should be pruned back to help your trees survive the snow and ice storms winter brings.

Fall is the time to prepare your trees for the cold months ahead and encourage growth in the spring.

 1) Time to plant new trees: 

Fall is the best time to plant new trees . Since temperatures are cooler and there is less chance of stress from the sun, drought or high temperatures, newly planted trees get the chance to get adjusted to their new home, with all the stresses of insects, heat, etc.

Fall is the time to plant new trees.

 2) Fall fertilization:

To help your trees survive the harsh winter, they should be fertilized in the fall.  This help them thrive come spring instead of stunned growth.  In nature, all animals try to put on the pounds to make it through the winter, your trees are no different.  The drop their leaves to conserve energy.  Give them a good feeding before winter sets in.

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Spring blooms are so much prettier with a good fall fertilzer.

 


3) Good watering:

Fall is the season to give your trees plenty of water before the winter months, quenching your trees’ roots.

Watering should be enough to penetrate the top 12 inches of soil.  This is the area your trees need water the most.

If your trees are on higher ground or have no irrigation, a good subsurface water is need going in the winter months.

Well watered trees, have less decay and dead branches come spring.

 

4) Pruning:

As the leaves drop, you can see the summer growth of new branches.  This is the time of year to trim those branches to make a fuller, healthier looking tree in the spring.

Another thing to consider in when pruning trees in the fall, is the coming snow and ice storms.  Will some of those branches, limbs and split trunks survive?

You should call a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert to have your trees evaluated.

 

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