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How to Safely Decorate Your Mantel This Christmas

It’s Christmas time, and what a special time of year it is! It’s so much fun to break out those family favorite recipes, to plan for those special guests, and to get the house all decked out in holiday red and green, silver and gold. There’s a wreath on your door, twinkling lights and beautiful ornaments on your Christmas tree, and all those nostalgic decorations that remind you of good times in the past spent with family and friends. You want to make your house look special, both inside and out. But remember to put safety first; you don’t want to make this a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons!Safely Decorate Your Mantel This Christmas Image - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo

Before You Decorate

Before you start to decorate your hearth, make sure that you put safety first! The beautiful glow of a warm fire adds to the festive spirit, and it might be very tempting to keep your fireplace running for many hours on end. It is recommended that you only keep a fire burning for 5 hours, and make sure that it is out before you retire for the evening. Make sure that you’ve had your annual cleaning and inspection before the holiday season hits so you don’t have to worry about dangerous chimney fires. Also, avoid the temptation to throw your wrapping paper in the fireplace, as this can cause fumes and loose ashes.

Decorating for the Holidays

After you’ve made sure that your fireplace is safe and sound, you can go ahead and decorate! Nothing is quite as cheerful as a well-decorated mantel over a cheery, crackling fire. There are many creative and festive ways to add to the holiday spirit in your home.

If you want to keep things simple yet elegant, try decorating with white candles nestled amongst the greenery. Try varying the heights of these candles for a unique and interesting look. And if you’d like to add a little color, try adding red ribbon or bows. The added glow will add softness and beauty to the room. Just remember to keep an eye on the flames, don’t let the candles burn down too low, and make sure that you blow the candles out before leaving the room.

Add some old-time holiday charm to your fireplace by decorating with an old-fashioned lantern collection. Add some greenery, red or white candles, and even some pine cones to create a beautiful, homey touch to your beautiful fireplace mantel.

To add a touch of winter’s beauty to your mantel, start with greenery, then add some fragrant winter flowers to the mix. Some beautiful blooms to try are winterberry, witch hazel, or winter jasmine. This can add an attractive, natural touch to your Christmas decor.

Safety First

Remember, safety comes first when it comes to decorating for the holidays, especially when you are decorating your fireplace mantel. If you have questions, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call. They have the answers when it comes to fireplace safety.

By Don Rhine on December 7th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Chimney Health Hazards You Should Know About

Building a fire in the fireplace on a cold, snowy night can be such a comfortable, cozy thing to do. Just snuggling down, watching the snow fall outside the window is a wonderful experience after a long day at work. It’s important that you’re aware of some things that could make this cozy pastime a nightmare situation.

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First of all, when you use your fireplace on a frequent basis, the inside of your chimney can become coated with the by-products. These are left when the water vapors and other chemicals in smoke condense on it: creosote. Creosote is extremely flammable, so the danger lies in a stray ember or spark floating up the chimney and setting it on fire. A chimney fire is a scary event, but sometimes a chimney fire occurs without the homeowners even being aware of it. Even if you aren’t aware of it, a chimney fire is a threatening situation because it can cause structural damage to your chimney.

If you do have structural damage, you may be in danger of dangerous gases sneaking back into your home instead of being guided out the chimney. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced when you burn a fire in your fireplace, and if left undetected, can cause serious health problems such as nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, or, in extreme situations, death.

Children and Your Fireplace

If you have young children, it’s important to make sure that they are never left unattended while there is a fire burning. Don’t leave flammable items such as stuffed animals or pillows laying around too close to the fire, especially if there are young children around. If you have an upraised hearth, this often gets overlooked as a possible hazard. Young children can fall and cut their head on this; there are padded liners available which can make this a safer situation.

Another important thing to do is to make sure that your fire extinguishers are in working order. You should keep a fire extinguisher close by your fireplace, and give it a visual check every month. Look for visual signs that it has been damaged, like dents or corrosion, and make sure that the indicator on the pressure gauge is in the operating zone. Fire extinguishers should be inspected professionally yearly.

Don’t Forget the Annual Inspection!

The most important thing you can do to keep your fire-burning experience a  safe one is to have your fireplace and chimney system inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. This should be done by a CSIA certified chimney sweep company like Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. They take pride in providing quality service; your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to them. Give them a call today so that your fire-burning nights are worry-free.

By Don Rhine on November 23rd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment