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As the Perry Como song goes, "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays"   And while you're at home, enjoy the hearth. 

If you're fortunate tohave a fireplace in your home, ti's the season to enjoy it during the holidays and beyond.
To keep your home safe and happy, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Have your chimney inspected once a year by a certified chimney specialist for creosote buildup.  Check their credentials.   Lots of those  guys are ripoffs.  Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.  When building a fire, place the logs toward the rear of the fireplace.
And always, have a smoke alarm with fresh batteries nearby.  I've attached a website with more safety information.  http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/fireplace.shtm
To you and the people you love, have a warm and fuzzy winter!!