The Milford Fire Department is reminding homeowners of the safe practices when using wood stoves and fireplaces during the heating season.

• Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually.

• Keep combustible materials at least three feet from a wood stove or the fireplace.

• Never empty ashes into a paper or plastic bag, cardboard box, or other similar container.

• The only suitable means for ash storage is a metal container with a tight fitting lid.

• For optimum safety, wet the wood ashes prior to attaching the metal lid to the pail.

• Do not store a metal ash container on your deck, in your garage, or in any location that may allow heat to transfer from those hot coals to nearby flammable items.