How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season

Family sitting by the fireplace

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Things to Know Before You Spark Up the Logs

With natural gas and propane prices continuing to rise, you’ll likely be looking to the old fireplace this winter to help cut your home-heating bills. But before you spark up the logs, take heed that fireplaces and chimneys are involved in 42 percent of all home-heating fires. So first make sure yours is up to snuff by following these seven safety tips.

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Chimney sweepers from the film Mary Poppins

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Bloch design – glass fireplace

This stunning Glass Fireplace by Bloch-Design lets the natural, vivid beauty of fire take center stage. Safely contained within a glass fireplace enclosure, the bewitching flames will invite you, your family and your guests to linger. It is an ancient spell rekindled – we have always relied on fire to warm us, provide us with light and cook our food.

Now, we can allow this life-giving elemental power into our homes, but in a totally stylish, contemporary and family-friendly way. There is a real simplicity to the design, whether you prefer a pyramid or rectangular shape, with clear or tinted glass. Ignite your senses with this Glass Fireplace by Bloch-Design.