Winter weather is finally here! When the weather turns cold, it’s time to think about cozying down in a warm house. Also,  snuggling under soft blankets and enjoying precious time with your family. All of this while feeling safe and secure in front of a beautiful, crackling fire. There is no better way to spend time bonding with your family, creating precious memories to carry with you throughout the year.

Plan Family Time in Front of the Fire Image - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo ChimneyGet a Good Fire Going

In order to build a really good, safe fire, you’ll want to start off by opening your dampers all the way. The Martha Stewart website says that you should put some crumpled newspaper under the grate, and top this with strips of newspaper. Loosely stack six to twelve pieces of kindling on top of the newspaper, then add a couple of thin, split logs. Light the tinder, then add some small logs and one bigger log to the fire once it’s burning steadily. You’ll want these stacked loosely, as well, so the fire has room to breathe. And although it’s tempting to pile the wood on so you can have a roaring fire, don’t!  This is because this could either smother it or make it burn out of control.

Create Memories

If you’re looking to have some family fun in front of the fire, why not start by serving a cozy meal? Go fancy and have your loved ones seated on cushions in front of a low table in front of the fire. You can also make it a casual meal of roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. Don’t forget the graham crackers and chocolate, of course! When you’re finished, get out some of your favorite board games. Have young children? Sit them on the couch in front of the fire. Snuggle up and read them a favorite book. These are great ways to spend the hours and create great memories. And of course, adding some steaming hot cocoa is sure to sweeten any activity!

Be Safe!

It’s especially important to make sure that you stay safe during fireplace season. One of the best ways to do this is by making sure that you have enough smoke detectors. The U.S. Fire Administration website states that smoke detectors should be installed in each bedroom. In addition, outside of any sleeping areas, and on every floor of the house – including the basement. Also, a fire should never be left unattended, and should be out before leaving the house or going to bed. Never leave small children alone in a room with a burning fire! Better yet, if you have small children, think about installing a safety screen in front of the fireplace.

Trust the Best

The best way to ensure that you have plenty of safe family time in front of the fire? Have your fireplace inspected, cleaned, and repaired by experts at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. They are CSIA certified and trained in the latest technology to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Give them a call today!