If your idea of a perfect winter night involves relaxing by a warm fire or a fireplace is the primary way to stay warm or a supplement to the main heating system, consider these tips to stay safe.

Whether it’s a wood burning or gas fireplace, get your chimney inspected annually by a certified chimney specialist.
Make sure the mantel and area around the hearth is clear of debris, decorations and combustible materials.

Keep an eye on small children when a fire is burning, and keep them away from fireplace tools. Consider installing a childproof fireplace gate.

See more tips in the Tuesday’s News Now.