Think your home is safe from a fire? Think again. Your household can expect at least five fires in an average lifetime, according to the National Fire Protection Association. At the national level, 360,000+ household fires are reported each year, and nearly all of them are avoidable with a few simple precautions outlined in "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook."
Everybody loves a fireplace -- an architectural anachronism that still has the power to warm us, body and soul. But a fireplace is also an aesthetic tableau. The mantelpiece sets the stage for fireplace tools that are decorative as well as essential to starting a fire.