Holiday Fireplace Safety Part 2

joy holiday decorationsThis time of year is full of fun decorations and holiday parties with family and friends. That’s one of the things we love about the winter months: sharing time with your friends and loved ones. A great way to enjoy the holiday season with others is by cozying up by the fireplace. Or, you may find yourself hosting a holiday party and getting a fire started for some ambiance. Either way, it’s important to keep fire safety practices in mind to keep your holidays going smoothly and happily. In a previous post, we discussed how to keep fire safety in mind while decorating, and now we’re going to elaborate a bit more on how to maintain fire safety when having guests over.

It’s Hot
Your guests will understand that a lit fire is hot, but some may not consider the fact that other parts of the fireplace itself will also be hot. If you have a screen or glass doors to protect from stray embers (which is an important safety feature to think about) they will also be very hot as well as the mantle of the fireplace. So, be sure your guests know to be cautious and avoid touching these areas.
No Food
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is a Christmas lyric we know all too well, but this is not something you should ever do to get more in the spirit of the holidays. Make sure everyone knows that food in the fireplace, like marshmallows toasting, is a huge safety hazard and is not allowed in yours.

With these tips, we hope you can have a happy holiday season with family and friends without any hiccups along the way. For safety screens or other tools to help maintain your fire safely while also looking stylish, shop our selection of vintage fireplace tools at

Holiday Fireplace Safety Part 1

red christmas tree ornamentsWith our stomachs still full from Thanksgiving dinner, we see more holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah rapidly approaching – and with that comes decorating and holiday parties with family and friends. That’s one of the reasons the holiday season is so great: reuniting with those you care about most and having some shared time together. And, one of the coziest ways to do that during the winter is by gathering around the fireplace for some holiday cheer. However, you should be certain you’re maintaining proper fireplace safety to ensure nothing bad happens to ruin this time of year. Here are some things to keep in mind to maintain fireplace safety this holiday season:

We all know that fireplaces can naturally bring a sense of festivity to the room. However, you shouldn’t let this convince you to hang things like garland or stockings on the fireplace as they are both easily flammable and could cause a serious issue. Also make sure to have a screen (or an antique fireplace screen for more decoration) in order to prevent coals and embers from escaping onto nearby decorations.
Christmas Trees
You put a lot of time and effort into decorating your tree each year – don’t make the mistake of putting it too close to your fireplace. Keeping your tree a safe distance from your fireplace will prevent fires that could have serious consequences. Also be sure to keep your tree well hydrated as warm environments dry them out fast and turn them into dangerous fire hazards.

Keeping these things in mind can help you have a safer holiday season while still enjoying the warmth and ambiance your fireplace can provide. With the precaution of an antique fireplace screen you can snuggle up close without worry – shop our collection at!

The Right Fuel for Your Fireplace Part 2

Picking a new fireplace can be a very exciting process! There are a large variety of options for the kind of unit you specifically want, and each suits a different person’s needs. In a previous blog post, we began touching on some of the different kinds of fireplaces and their respective fuel sources, which is important information to know between deciding on a type of fireplace. However, we didn’t explain all the varieties and the fuel they need, so we’re here to explain some more to help you in your decision making process.

Wood fireplaces
burning wood fireThese are another one of the most popular choices in fireplaces, as they are traditional and will probably never go out of fashion. Wood, unlike the popular choice of gas, is considered “renewable,” and it also creates hearty fires that produce a lot of heat. Burning wood is also aesthetically pleasing, though these fireplaces require much more maintenance and cleaning unlike some other fireplace options.
Electric fireplaces
Electric fireplaces are another option that allow a lot of versatility. They can be placed in many locations throughout a home, and because there are no actual flames, the surrounding area does not get scalding, making these safer for pets and small children. The only downside to these popular options is that if you lose electricity during a cold storm, you won’t have your fireplace to heat you up.

Between these different fireplace options, there is definitely one that is right for you. Another thing to consider is how you will garnish your fireplace with appropriate tools and accessories. Vintage fireplace tools can take a normal, bland fireplace and make it instantly more attractive. To shop our selection of vintage fireplace tools, visit