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December 28, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

For a warm glow, just plug in the fireplace

When the weather outside is frightful, a fire is indeed delightful. But since we don't all have fireplaces, what to do?

The new electric fireplaces from Barbeques Galore can make any home or apartment pretty delightful. Models in the new line are actually quite attractive, realistic-looking and affordable. And no home remodeling is needed.

The fireplaces use a standard 120-volt outlet, require no outside venting and can heat up to a 400-square-foot area. A simulated flame pattern with glowing logs is displayed by each model.

Fireplace models include a cast-iron stove model, a white mantel cabinet model (pictured, $499) and an oak dentil cabinet model. Prices range from $499 to $999.

The fireplaces are available at Barbeques Galore stores in Columbia, White Marsh and Gaithersburg, or online at www.bbqgalore.com. Call 800-752-3085.

Drying cabinet won't shrink clothes

Drying the clothes is all too often a guessing game. Deciding what can safely go in the dryer, what might shrink, and what should be air-dried is an endless puzzle. Maytag hears your woes. They've just created the Neptune Drying Center, a new two-in-one laundry unit that features a tumble dryer along with an upper drying cabinet.

In the drying cabinet, a BreezeCare Drying System moves warm air infused with steam through openings on mesh shelves. Up to 13 items can be hang-dried, and nine ShapeSaver hangers are included. Up to five items can be flat-dried. Hats, scarves and tennis shoes can be dried on door hooks. And the tumbler can run simultaneously. Best of all, the entire unit can be closed up, with doors hiding the whole works.

The Maytag Neptune Drying Center retails for $1,199-$1,349, and is available at Maytag Stores or online at www. maytag.com. Call 800-688-9900.

Don't wreck the halls

The gifts have all been opened, the hoopla of Christmas over. But the remnants remain.

So the American Furniture Manufacturers Association offers some home safety tips to help keep families safe inside throughout the season:

* Remember not to overload outlets. Be sure the tree and your electrical gadgets and toys are plugged into outlets protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter.

* Don't use lighted candles on or near the tree. And don't place candles where they can be blown over or knocked down.

* If you have new furniture in the home, consider anchoring taller units to the wall to prevent tip-overs.

* Look to see that your furniture has the Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) hangtag, which means it meets fire safety standards. And make sure smoke detectors are in working order, and on each level of your home.

For more holiday home safety tips, visit www. afmanews.com.


* See works on canvas and in metal by Tom Holder and Howard Riopelle at the new exhibit Dimensions: Form, Space and Motion, through Jan. 16 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St. Pictured is the oil painting Maelstrom by Holder. Call 410-848-7272 for hours.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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