Safety First! Things you need for your fireplace today.
Whether you have been a home owner with a fireplace before, or you have just upgraded to the home of your dreams that has a fireplace. There are a few things that one needs to consider when having a fireplace. Aside from regular chimney maintenance there are certain accessories to maintain safety inside the home as well. As a fireplace owner with children, it is even more important that you have accessories for your fireplace to keep it safe. Many of the basic accessories are included in how to maintain safety and keep a proper fire, but there are plenty of childproofing ideas for your fireplace.
So in a typical fireplace, you need a grate, a screen and a damper. Each of these is considered an accessory but are actually must haves. The grate will raise the fire so that it will burn properly. According to the CSIA, the proper grate for your fireplace is 2/3 the width and half the depth. A screen will help any embers or sparks from jumping out of the fireplace to stop any fires from starting inside the home. The damper will help keep heat heading into your home rather than right up the chimney. Proper use of the damper is important as well in order to get the best from your fire.
These three items are necessities when it comes to having a successful fire. One could also add glass doors, so that when the fireplace is not being use, you do not lose heat and therefore you are able to maintain energy efficiency. As fireplace owners each of these little accessorys help with any age group. But what if you have children as well.
Childproofing the Fireplace
There are many ways to go about childproofing your fireplace. It tends to be a part of the typical, child proof your home. Anything with sharp edges, that could be hot, or the like is a mixture of teaching your child what is okay to touch and play around and having safety precautions.
Gate it off
One of the best ways to child proof your fireplace is with some type of baby gate. They sell quite a few that can connect to other gates to allow for large areas to be sectioned off. If you can get one to screw into the wall it would be much better because then your child will not have the opportunity to pull it down onto themselves.
Just like with cabinet doors, make sure that they are locked. Just like with Cabinet door, try to hook the handles together so that your precious bouncing child cannot open the doors to the fireplace when it is hot, or in general. No one wants their child playing in a dirty fireplace.
Just like with a table or a shelf with sharp edges, make sure that you put something along the edge of the hearth. This will make sure that any accidental tumbles in the direction if you do not have a gate end with a trip to the emergency room.
Once you have a child, child-proofing seems second nature. It is easy to consider what can go wrong, and of course cater to the needs of your child. While chimney maintenance like sweeping is important, it is also important that your hearth meet the needs of your family’s safety as well.