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Before you use your fireplace and fireplace hearth gate, it is important to make sure that your smoke detectors are working properly so they will alert you to any potential danger should anything go wrong. Check the batteries regularly -- once every two to four weeks is a good rule of thumb – and replace the batteries once every year. Also test the detector by holding some smoke underneath and making sure that the alarm goes off within 20 seconds. Talk with your family about how you would respond if a fire does break out in your home. Also do a practice fire drill so that everyone knows where to go in an emergency. By following these important fireplace safety tips, you can help ensure your family is prepared for anything.