MICHIGAN — Fireplace season is heating up in Michigan and many homeowners are lighting real or

MICHIGAN — Fireplace season is heating up in Michigan and many homeowners are lighting real or gas logs for the first time since spring. But before you gather the family around the fireplace, safety officials say you should make sure it is not going to be a fire hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, cpsc.gov, estimates that 22,300 structural fires annually in the U.S. were the result of fireplace chimney problems. Anthony Sweet at Oakland Community College’s Fire Training Institute said the fireplace is often neglected when it comes to winter maintenance. “Too many people light their fireplace this time of year without ever performing any safety maintenance on it, and that can lead to serious consequences,” he said. To eliminate the potential for disaster when using a fireplace, Sweet recommends following these seven tips before you use it for the first time this season: 1. Have Chimney Cleaned and Inspected: If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you should have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually by a licensed chimney specialist to get rid of the soot and creosote that builds up and make sure there are no other issues, such as cracks or ...

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Rain showers this evening with overcast skies overnight. Low 71F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. The Lake Sherwood home of Guess co-founder Armand Marciano sits on about an acre with formal gardens, a custom swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen. Inside, a two-story great room with a massive fireplace anchors the 8,380-square-foot floor plan. In the dining room, there’s a glass-enclosed wine cellar.  The Lake Sherwood home of Guess co-founder Armand Marciano sits on about an acre with formal gardens, a custom swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen. Inside, a two-story great room with a massive fireplace anchors the 8,380-square-foot floor plan. In the dining room, there’s a glass-enclosed wine cellar.  LOS ANGELES — Armand Marciano, who co-founded the denim brand Guess Inc. with brothers Georges, Maurice and Paul, has his custom home in the Lake Sherwood community on the market. Originally listed at $7.995 million, the home’s price was reduced this week to $7.495 million. As one might imagine from a fashion powerhouse, the Italian villa-style home is full of fashionable details. In the formal dining room, a custom temperature-controlled wine cellar sits b...