Fireplace safety

Before you light that log in your fireplace, you'll want to take some precautions.

If there are cracks between the bricks, an ember can get in there and burn the house down.

As for the type of wood, fire specialists say you shouldn't use pine because it's too smoky. Real hardwood is better or artificial logs. And don't use any wood from your backyard. The vast majority of trees in South Florida have too much sap and can cause you're house to become smokey.

And the biggest precaution: You should at least make sure your smoke detectors are working if you're gonna heat up your fireplace.

And you should have your fireplace inspected once a year. This reduces the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisonings due to chemical buildup or obstructions in the chimneys.