There’s no debate: Snuggled up near your fireplace (with a cup of something hot and a good book, of course) is the best place to be this time of year. Indeed, that cozy, crackling glow is pretty magical. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can also be pretty dangerous. We are talking about fire here, folks.
But don’t worry: Once you’re aware of the possible pitfalls, getting the whole building-a-fire-that-won’t-kill-you thing is easy. Here are five common fireplace mistakes, and how to avoid them.
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