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Keep it Safe Around the Fireplace

​Do you and your family cuddle around the fireplace this time of year? You could start a fire in your home if you don’t take the proper steps before using your fireplace for the first time this season.

• Have flues and chimneys inspected
• Open the fireplace damper before lighting the fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool
• Never use gasoline, charcoal lighter or other fuel to light or relight a fire
• Keep a screen or glass enclosure around a fireplace to prevent sparks or embers from igniting flammable materials