Making your Fireplace Safe for Kids

21 Nov

Making your Fireplace Safe for Kids

Winter nights ware always cozier when you can snuggle up by the fire. As enjoyable as it is to have a fireplace in your home, however, curious little hands can make it a dangerous feature. If you have kids, it is important to put proper safety measures into place to ensure that you can still enjoy the comfort of a warm home without anyone getting hurt.

There are a lot of different ways you can make your fireplace child-proof. Here are a few examples:

  • Install a safety gate. Create a barricade between your kids and your fireplace, so even if they do come near, they are kept at a safe distance. Make sure that your safety gate fits perfectly on your fireplace, so that there is no risk of it falling down.
  • Keep your fire tools safely away from your kids. This includes matches, gas, lighters, and ignition tools. Create a secure tool box and keep it out of reach.
  • Install a guard door on your fireplace. Even if you are not using your fireplace, it can still pose a potential risk to kids, especially toddlers and babies. If left exposed, kids can grab ashes and wood particles and put them inside their mouths. They can also climb inside and become trapped.  So, either purchase a door that has a locking feature or buy a supplemental locking contraption to secure the door.
  • Add hearth padding. It covers the sharp corners of your fireplace, which will prevent your kids from getting hurt if they bump into it.
  • Set boundaries. Create a boundary line that serves as the point across which your kids are not allowed to pass. Be creative by adding non-flammable decorations, so your kids are less tempted to rebel and break the rules.
  • Educate your kids. Your children will understand the value of safety rules  if you teach them yourself. Tell them the importance of keeping a safe distance from the fireplace and explain the potential consequences that will occur if they do not do so. If your kids understand, they will want to stay a safe distances from the fireplace, even if you are not there to supervise.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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