Fireplaces are my favorite — in winter I just about sit on the hearth to enjoy the warmth.
Keep safe and enjoy a crackling fire by keeping an eye on it at all times. If you have to leave the room, make sure the guard is in place..
With my wood stove, I shut the metal doors even if I’m just going down the basement for a minute to do laundry.
It just takes a second for a spark to fly out, or a log to roll out into the room.
Also I have my chimney swept and inspected every year.
Be safe and be warm!