Marion Volunteer Fire Department
Phone (276)783-0916 Fax (276)783-0966
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We are a volunteer agency. the station is not staffed 24/7, so therefore the
phones are not either. In the event
of an emergency, call 911 immediately.
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Courtesy of the US Fire Administration
More than one-third of
Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as
primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of
the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every
year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes.
All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and
Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean
your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified
the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that
the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps
creosote from building up in the chimney.
glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from
getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen
which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen
helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.
use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace
stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces.
Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney
fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.
Safely Burn Fuels
use flammable liquids to start a fire.
only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup. In
pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate
leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going
to bed or leaving the house.
ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered
metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your
home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a
trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
Protect the Outside
of Your Home
firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.
the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.
the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.
branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.
Protect the Inside of
smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of
sleeping areas. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a
year. Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.
proper venting systems for all heating equipment.
all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.
To provide fire suppression and other emergency services to the Greater
Marion Community, and to develop the best trained fire service in Smyth County.
With hot weather
bearing down on us, there is always a risk for severe storms to pop up. Consider purchasing a battery operated
radio if you do not already have one, and have a fresh supply of
batteries. Tune in to local media
to stay informed about impending weather, severe storms, and flash flooding.
our neighboring department’s websites:
to other fire related websites:
Virginia Department of
Virginia Department of Forestry
National Fire Protection Association
Smokey the Bear's
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