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6 steps to a cozy and safe fire (video)

Dec. 3, 2017—This is the time of year when curling up in front of a fireplace seems especially nice. Follow these six easy steps for building a safe fire in your hearth.

6 Tips

  1. Check the damper before lighting a fire.
  2. Put cooled ashes in a covered, fire-resistant container. Store them outside.
  3. Use minimal paper and seasoned wood.
  4. Have your fireplace and chimney inspected yearly.
  5. Stop sparks with a screen.
  6. Never leave a fire unattended.
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