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Get your fireplace inspected every year by a professional.
Don't leave anything that will burn near the hearth.
Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
Use properly air-dried hardwoods.
Burning soft woods, like pine, can lead to creosote buildup in the chimney.
Never burn cardboard, paper or trash in a fireplace.
Support the firewood on a grate.
Build the fire toward the back of the fireplace.
Install a mesh screen spark arrester on the top of the chimney.
Protect the area from popping embers and sparks with a metal mesh screen.
Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home and outside bedroom areas.
Have a working fire extinguisher nearby.
Does your fireplace turn on with the flip of a switch? If not, consider installing gas logs for a cozy fire without all the fuss.
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