Family Safety Tip: Childproofing a Fireplace
When your son starts to use the fireplace poker as a lightsaber you know it’s probably time to childproof the fireplace.
A fireplace is an enjoyable part of any home, but it can pose a number of dangers to a baby or small child. The heat from the fire and surrounding surfaces can cause burns, and the sharp edges of the hearth or fireplace tools can cause further injury, so you need a way to prevent your children from accessing the fireplace. Childproofing it eliminates these dangers while still allowing your family to enjoy the space.
- Store matches, lighters or gas ignition keys in a secure location out of the reach of children. A childproof container that you keep on the mantel would work. You can also keep them in a locked drawer in a separate room
- Lay a foam hearth cushion over the brick or stone fireplace hearth. This protects children from the sharp edges of the hearth stones and from the impact of falling.
- Surround the fireplace area, including the hearth, with a fireplace gate. These gates keep children and pets away from the fireplace and hearth. They come in a variety of colors, so you can match them to your decor.
- Store fireplace tools, such as stoker and ash pans, inside the gated area so that children cannot pull them down on top of themselves.