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How can I safely build a fire during the holidays?

To safely build a fire during the holidays:
  • Remove greenery, bows, papers and other decorations from the fireplace area.
  • Make sure the flue is open.
  • Keep a screen in front of the fireplace while the fire is burning.
  • Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. Keep them away from children because they contain heavy metals that are harmful if eaten.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. It can cause a flash fire and some types of paper emit harmful chemicals. 

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