Children, like most of us, are fascinated by fire, and for families with young children, fireplaces pose a potential safety hazard. Here are a few things you can do to keep your kids safe around your new fireplace.
1. Take the time to educate young children about the dangers of fire and the hot surface temperatures of glass and metal surrounding the fireplace.
2. Never leave young ones unsupervised around a burning fireplace as children, toddlers especially, like to throw things that could potentially break the glass or melt to the surface and release toxic fumes.
3. If necessary, secure the fireplace doors with a lock or latch so they don’t get opened when you’re not around.
4. If you have an infant or toddler consider installing a fire screen. Make sure it’s tall enough so that children can’t climb over it, and that it’s placed far enough away so that reaching arms can’t touch the surfaces of the fireplace.
Only you know your child’s abilities and the unique configuration of your fireplace and room. Try to look at it through their eyes so that all possible precautions are taken. Implementing a few safety measures such as these will allow everyone in your home to safely enjoy the comfort and warmth of your new gas fireplace.