By WENDY DONAHUEChicago Tribune
Winter weather means manywood-burning fireplaces â€"some of them long dormantâ€" are being called into action.Before you strike that match,consider a few safety and maintenancetips from experts atHGTV and Angieâ€™s List, whichprovides consumer reviews ofservice companies.
Wood-burning fireplaces andchimneys should be inspectedannually, or after about 80 fires,by a certified chimney sweep.The home should have functioningcarbon-monoxide detectors.
â€œThis is not negotiable â€" anyfireplace or chimney thatâ€™s notfunctioning perfectly can killyour family, either through fireor noxious fumes,â€
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