We all know how dangerous a fireplace can be to young children. Especially since shiny things are very attractive to toddlers. Luckily, there are preventative measures you can take to protect your young ones. Refer to the following five simple steps to childproof your fireplace.

5 Simple Steps to ChildProof Your Fireplace

  1. Prevent contact with flames or hot surfaces by installing a permanent or movable gate or barrier. This will eliminate contact with the fireplace as well as potential tripping hazards. Avoid freestanding fireplace screens that a child can easily pull down.
  2. In the case of enclosed wood-burning stoves, gas or electric fireplaces, take the additional step of installing childproof locks on the doors to prevent contact with sparks or hot ash. Remember, the interior of a stove is still hot and dangerous long after the flames have died down.
  3. Eliminate contact with fireplace starters and remote controls. So, by keeping both out of sight, they will also be out of  mind..
  4. Protect your little ones from the sharp corners of a fireplace by installing foam tiles around and on top of the hearth and other edges, to soften them.
  5. Finally, make sure your gas or electric fireplace is regularly maintained by a licensed technician to ensure that no carbon monoxide is leaking into your home. Also, have at least one working carbon monoxide detector in your home for this same reason.

Every year, hundreds of children are rushed to emergency for fireplace-related injuries. By taking these five simple steps, you can make sure your child is safe.

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