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Family Fun In Front Of The Fireplace

A roaring fire is a natural gathering place for many families. This year, make plenty of holiday memories by having family fun in front of the fireplace! The following are just a few ideas from the staff at Clean Sweeps of Michigan.

Family Fun In Front Of The Fireplace Image - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganGet the most out of your fireplace this holiday season!

  1.  Use the right firewood.
    Prevent coughs, watery eyes, and keep smoke from flooding the room by using the right firewood. Seasoned firewood is wood that has been cut into logs, stacked, and allowed to dry in the elements for at least six months. Doing this removes the majority of moisture from the wood, allowing it to burn hotter and produce less smoke. Using seasoned firewood can keep your fires burning brightly all winter long.
  2. Think beyond s’mores!
    Roasting marshmallows in front of a fire is a fun way to bring the outdoors in. However, there are a number of ways you can cook up fun on your fireplace! Popping popcorn or roasting chestnuts are just a few festive treats the whole family can cook together. Cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens can also be placed right over the embers of a fire. This allows you to seriously expand your indoor cooking options. In addition, avoiding foods with a lot of fat can help reduce smoke and keep your flue clean.
  3. The stockings are hung, but not when the fireplace is in use.
    Stockings hanging in front of a burning fire may be an iconic image – but it is not a safe one. When the fireplace is in use, remove stockings and other hanging mantle décor. This is order to prevent accidental fires! Also, furnishings and decorations should be at least three feet away from the fireplace when it is in use.
  4. Create snuggly seating.
    Invite family and friends to sit back and stay a while by creating comfortable seating areas around the fireplace. Don’t want to completely rearrange your furniture? Then put some over-sized pillows and cozy blankets on the floor in front of the fireplace to encourage cuddling!
  5.  Add fun to your fire.
    While relaxing in front of any fireplace is enjoyable, there are several ways to add a little extra fun and flair to your fires. Create a pleasant aroma by adding citrus peels to your fire. The oils in citrus peels make them natural fire starters – in addition to releasing a pleasant citrus smell. Likewise, specially treated pine-cones can change flames colors such as blue or green. This will put on a fun and unique show for the whole family to sit back and enjoy.
  6.  Make safety a priority!
    The best way to enjoy your fireplace. A fireplace screen can help keep popping embers or coals off of your carpets and furnishings. Also, it protects little hands from getting too close to flames or hot fireplace components. Plus, although it may seem tempting to burn excess wrapping paper or boxes in the fireplace as gifts are being opened, don’t!  Wrapping and packing materials are better off in the recycling bin.