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Hearth Activities For The Family

Do you own a fireplace? Then it is time to take advantage of the opportunity and create some long-lasting memories to look back on. If you are looking for ways to gather everyone together this holiday season, then read below for some creative fireplace activities that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Hearth Activities For The Family Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsRoast Chestnuts

If you have never roasted chestnuts before, then this winter is a good time to start! Once you do it, it is sure to turn into a tradition that your friends and family members will request for years to come. You simply rinse them, slice an “X” into them (so they do not burst when roasting), then toss them into the roasting pan.

You will want to cook them for around 20 – 30 minutes, moving them around every five minutes or so. Once done, peel them while they are still warm to ensure easy access to the nut. And there you have it! A night of fun and delicious snacking, all thanks to the fireplace.

Share Stories

As the year nears the end, it is a great time to reflect on what everyone has accomplished throughout it. Look back on your favorite memories and proudest moments, and take turns recounting various tales. Maybe someone will recall something that you had completely forgotten about! This is an activity that is sure to be enjoyed by everyone.

You could even take advantage of the setting by telling ghost stories! If you feel up to it and your family is into the idea, see if you can set a spooky mood this holiday season.

Play Games

What better spot to whip out some board games than in front of a cozy fire? Spend an evening (or two or three) playing some games that have been collecting dust in the closet. You are sure to get tons of laughs and everyone will appreciate the extra bonding time.

Discuss The Future

While reflection is great, so is looking forward. New Year’s will be here soon, so think up some resolutions you could set for 2017 and discuss them with the group. This way, you can all encourage each other when January comes around, working as a team to meet your various goals.

You could also discuss potential vacation ideas to see where everyone would most like to go, once things warm up. Wherever the discussion goes, you will definitely find yourself engaged in some great conversation.

At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we want you to enjoy your fireplace to the fullest! Please turn to us for all your chimney and fireplace needs, so you can have a safer and fun-filled holiday season.

Call us now for to schedule an inspection or visit our website to browse our various products and services. We look forward to helping you out, so you can start off 2017 right. Thanks for choosing us!

By Mike O'Mara on December 20th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Is Your Chimney Ready For Santa?

Sweeping Chimney Santa Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsWhen Santa’s sleigh heads your way, you want to ensure that everything is ready to go for his arrival. While milk and cookies go a long way, he will need a clean chimney to go down, as well. The last thing he has time for on Christmas Eve is a pit stop at the dry cleaner’s. Keep Mr. Claus happy and soot-free this year by scheduling your annual inspection and cleaning with Weststar Chimney Sweeps today!

Clearing Blockages

Smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning are both major threats that can cause health issues and ruin your holidays in a hurry. Birds, squirrels, and other critters can leave behind twigs, leaves, and nesting materials in your chimney, all of which cause blockages and invite countless issues when you go to light your fire. Keep your home free from these fumes by having a professional check things out right away.

On top of scheduling your regular inspection, you will also want to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the home. If you do not have these devices, purchase them now and have your chimney sweep set them up while they are there for the inspection. These detectors have saved many lives and can truly make all the difference in whether or not everyone gets out of a burning house safely.

Avoiding Fires

If you own a fireplace, it is important to take all of the necessary steps when it comes to fire safety. As mentioned previously, make sure all of your smoke detectors are installed and working efficiently. On top of this, have a plan set for where everyone needs to go, should a fire occur. Being as prepared as possible is vital when it comes to the safety of your home and family.

If you have enjoyed a fire throughout the evening, make sure it is completely out before going to bed or leaving the home. You will also want to ensure your fireplace stays free from excess creosote and other harmful build-up. A couple of ways to do this is to burn wood that is well-seasoned, and to avoid throwing any paper or trash into your fireplace.

While all of these things will help keep your home free from fires, the most important step is to call in an expert to check things over and clean your chimney with the proper tools and chemicals. Creosote is highly flammable, so ensuring that it is adequately removed is important in creating a safe holiday season. Professionals know where to look and how to access even the toughest and hardest to reach areas. Call the professionals at Weststar Chimney Sweeps today, before getting any fires going.

At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we take pride in being CSIA certified. We have been serving this area for 30 years and counting, and our customers can vouch for our professional attitude and high-quality services. Please choose us for all of your chimney and fireplace needs and schedule your inspection today!

By Mike O'Mara on December 6th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment