Fireplace Safety for Families

As cooler weather drives us indoors, a fireplace sets a calm ambiance for gathering as a family to chat, read stories, and appreciate its glow. Of course, even though the fireplace invites tranquility, as parents and caregivers of small children, we all know that fire is dangerous. The following tips can help families prevent fireplace damage or injury by promoting safety.

Screens and gates

A fireplace screen or gate protects children and animals from getting near and touching the glass doors or fire. The glass on doors can get hot enough to cause serious burns and remains hot long after the fire is put out. If you don’t have doors on your fireplace, an infant or pet could get too close and be burned.

Dampers and flues

Be sure the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. Do not close the damper until the