Here are few tips to keep your fires safe and comforting....
1. Always keep a clear draft and remember that Fire Wardens recommend that you have your chimneys cleaned once a year by a certified Chimney Sweep.
2. Keep a screen closed in front of your fire. I got ours at Target (pictured above).
3. If you have glass doors in front of your fireplace, remember to keep them clean of buildup by using a razor blade on them when they are cool.
4. Install a chimney cap if you don't already have one. It prevents nesting animals and debris from collecting.