Before you light your fireplace, make sure the chimney is clean and in good working order. You should have a Licensed Chimeny Sweep clean and evaluate your system once per year.
Fireplaces can add cozy warmth to a home and can be safe if the proper precautions are taken. Before lighting your fireplace, always make sure the damper is open and there is no cover on top of your chimney. Covers are sometimes left by a previous owner. If you have a gas starter, use a low flame setting at the start, to help prevent damage to the firebox.