WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- As temperatures start to turn cold this winter, here are some important steps to remember to keep your family safe when you light up your fireplace.
You should burn only dry, seasoned wood, according to Waynesboro Deputy Fire Marshall Timothy Melton.
Also, make sure your fireplace opening is covered with a metal screen or glass door.
Lastly, before you light that first fire, have your fireplace inspected and cleaned.
"They're checking for cracks in the chimney flue. They're checking for possible animals that have built nests in there, checking for any creosote buildup from last year to this year. They're looking for any cracks in the chimney itself that could actually cause the fire to get out into," said Melton.
He also said what goes hand-in-hand with that is making sure your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm are both fully functioning, and that you have plans on how to get out of the house in the event of a fire.
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