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As retired Major League Baseball star Chipper Jones discovered this week, fires related to improper disposal of ash from a fireplace, wood stove or other heating appliance can happy to anyone.

No one should take for granted that ashes are ever safe to move.

Examine the ash you plan to clean up for any signs that it may still be

generating even the faintest heat or smoke before removal.

To remove any doubt, move ashes into a metal container and submerge them in water before disposing of them in your waste bag or can.Even smarter? Always treat ashes like they’re hot.

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We have a brief 1-minute video recorded today on our YouTube channel that demonstrates how hot embers can get!