When you have a toddler or small child in the house, a lot of families just leave the gas fireplace off. Too much hassle keeping an eye on the kids to make sure they don’t stumble and put a hand on the searing glass.
But you don’t have to go without the ambiance you invested in with your fireplace. A little attention at the start of the season will keep everybody safe and happy.
1. Keep away from hot surfaces
Fireplace, stove glass doors and other surfaces can become extremely hot to the touch, and toddlers are prone to steadying themselves on the nearest surface.
A movable gate is an easy way to keep children far enough from the fireplace avoid any hand trauma. They can still enjoy the look and heat of the fire from a few feet away. If your fireplace is located in a room where the child spends unsupervised time, it is a great idea to leave it in place permanently, even when the fireplace or stove is not in use.
2. Eliminate tripping hazards and protect sharp corners
Many traditional fireplaces sit on a stone or brick hearth. The sharp edges are traumas waiting to happen.
If your fireplace is frequently used, the gate method described above is ideal.
If you are not currently using the fireplace, fasten foam floor tiles around and on top of the hearth to soften the edges. This method should only be used in the case that no heat comes from the fireplace.
3. Prevent contact with sparks, ash or carbon monoxide
Sparks can leap epic distances. When your wood burning fireplace is in use, keep the kids far enough back to avoid any vigorously jumping sparks. If you have a gas fireplace, don’t worry about it!
Keeping your fireplace regularly maintained will minimize the volume of carbon monoxide vented into your home, which can be damaging to a developing child or anyone else in the house.
When your fireplace is not in use, a child proof lock on the glass door can prevent their access to ash, that can be harmful when inhaled or ingested. Kids explore with their hands and mouths, but a mouthful of ash isn’t something they need to learn about just yet. Or ever, really.
4. Keep the fuel and controls safe
Keeping wood or pellet fuel stored in an area out of reach for a toddler or child can protect them from slivers (and protect your home from being covered in pellets and sawdust).
Remote controls for gas burning appliances should always be stored out of reach and never left out of place, even during times where the whole family is in the room.
It may be time you upgrade to a nice new gas fireplace! Stop by our showroom to start the search for your new gas fireplace today.