Applies to Renters  
  Curb fireplace costs - Call a professional chimney sweep to perform your annual fireplace inspection.
  Buy seasoned wood for your fireplace - seasoned wood is wood that has been allowed to dry out. Freshly cut wood or "green" wood has too much moisture to burn well.
  REMEMBER - if you suspect a chimney fire, get everyone out of the house and call the fire department. Keep a fire extinguisher within reach of the fireplace. Close, but not dangerously close.