Of course, there was once a time where fireplaces were the best method of heating, and people relied upon them whenever they were cold. In this day in age, using a fireplace is more of something we do on a particular occasion. It simply is more of a luxury than a need, because fireplaces have become outdated by more modern counterparts. Regardless, many people still enjoy the ambient heat of a slow burning fire when they want to unwind. However, this means that many people are not entirely informed on how to safely operate a fireplace. With a firepit literally inside your home, naturally there are a lot of dangers present. For one the proper ventilation of smoke is imperative. Even though directly above the fireplace is the chimney, it is still strongly advised to keep a window nearby cracked. Next, ensure the flue for your fireplace is open before you light your fire and after the last ember burns. It is also important for you to select the right wood for your fireplace. Dry and well-aged wood is ideal as wet or green wood produces more smoke and causes soot to build up in your chimney. Also, ensure you remove any ashes from your previous fire. A fireplace that is not cleaned in this manner will ultimately produce more smoke as well. Probably the most common and obvious precaution should be mentioned here as well; it is a great idea to remove anything flammable near your fireplace. Be sure to also have your fireplace regularly inspected by an appropriate service technician. He can also give you further safety tips to stay warm and safe when operating your fireplace.