Childproof Your Fireplace in 5 Easy Steps
Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Eng, Lynn
Adults and children alike enjoy the warmth of a fire and enjoy watching its playful tongues dancing around the logs. However, the children do not always comprehend the real dangers that a fireplace can pose. As a parent or guardian, it is important for you to protect them from fireplace hazards. Below are five easy steps you can utilize to keep your children from hurting themselves.
- 1Keep a Watchful Eye.
- 2Keep Flammables Out of Reach.
- 3Utilize Hearth Padding.
- 4Put Grates.
- 5Glass Doors.
A Fireplace Story - of real love
One day, a father was sitting in front of his fireplace reading a newspaper while his daughter played quietly beside him. Suddenly the child went to the fireplace and looked as if she wanted to play with the burning logs instead. The dad warned her once, then a second time. The father was too distracted with his newspaper, thinking that his daughter is a smart girl and she'll be just fine. Moments later the girl screamed a cry of agony, as she had burned her fingers in the flame. Now think about this next scenario, same setting, dad and daughter. The dad warned her the first time, then the second time. Now he saw the girl reaching for the flame and became concerned. He stood up, put out the flame and scolded the girl. Which among these two parents cared for his daughter properly? Yes, the second one.
Tips, Tricks, and Warning
- Remember that the fireplace tool set and ignition materials are as much a risk for older children as for any infant you may have at home. Elementary and middle school children can also hurt each other by pretending that fireplaces pokers are swords, and by starting their own fires when they aren't supervised by adults.
- Glass doors for the fireplace may protect your child or pet from the dangers of live flames, but even heat-resistant glass can reach very high temperatures that can burn a child sensitive skin. Since 2006, the number of fireplace burns caused by touching heated glass has increased by about 50 percent.
- Installing glass doors and grates helps to protect your children or even pets from poking their head into the hearth and breathing in its harmful substances.
Categories : Home Safety
Recent edits by: Eng, Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo