by Caitlin Dougherty
The fireplace can also be very dangerous if you have small children. You want to make sure your fireplace is as safe as possible for your family and friends. It can be an easy task as long as you know what to look for. Below are some tips for baby proofing your fireplace:
- Keep a lock or latch on the glass doors. It will prevent your child from opening the doors.
- A protective screen or baby gate will help shield your child from burning his or her hands on the glass doors. Use it when the fire is lit, as well as after the fire is out while the glass is cooling down.
- A gate also protects your child from reaching fireplace tools as well as the hard solid edges.
- A hearth cushion or adhesive padding protects your child from sharp edges. It is easy to install, as well as remove. A cheap alternative: use self-seal pipe wrap insulation available at most hardwear stores.
- Keep all matches and lighters out of reach or in a locked cabinet.
- Mesh coverings are a great way to keep your child away from the fire. Fastening it with screws to the brick will make sure it stays secure and shut.
- Keep anything flammable at least two feet away from the fire.
- Never go to bed or leave the house until you are sure the fire is completely out.
- Make sure all fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
Good luck babyproofing your fireplace this winter. We hope these easy how-to tips will help keep your children safe.