Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold

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The best perk of sub-zero weather this winter? Curling up by a cozy fireplace, of course! Settling in by a roaring fire with a good book and glass of wine are definitely what this girl’s winter dreams are made of, but making sure your fireplace is prepped and ready is key.

Safety first. Whether you are a pro at inspecting fireplaces, or prefer to leave the messy task to a trained professional, an annual fireplace inspection is a must for preventing a slew of safety hazards. Once you’ve marked this to-do off of the old checklist, you can rest easy by a crackling fire all season long.

Rev Up Your Living Room

Is your brick fireplace looking a bit dingy? Freshen it up with a coat of paint or two. As the focal point of your room, make sure your fireplace is clean and ready to welcome guests.

The Fireplace

With the holiday season upon us there is no better time to play up your mantle. Use ribbons, garland, ornaments and bows to jazz up your fireplace mantle for the holidays.

With your fireplace in working order and mantle decked out for the season, gather around and enjoy your hard work with family and friends.

— Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life

Photo Credits: Southern Living

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