I am not Smokey the Bear or one of those other fire-safety symbols BUT PLEASE everybody make sure you have battery-operated smoke detectors in your home and put FRESH batteries in them for this heating season. It doesn't matter if you heat with wood, coal, gas, or electric, you need them! Our house burned way back in 1983 and it was an electrical short not our wood heater.... Since that time I have covered hundreds of housefires for the newspapers I've written for.... This is the best way homesteaders, folks in the city, and everywhere else can protect their families....and the battery-operated smoke detectors are inexpensive and most stores like Lowe's, Wal-Mart, etc. Get at least one for every sleeping area and one for your kitchen area. A $4 or $5 purchase could save yours or your kids lives!