Fireplace Safety with Kids

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It’s full-on firepit season, starting in the high summer, and going all the way through the fall. The next six months or so are going to be filled with laughter, memories and fun around the fireplace in the twilight and evening hours. Along with that enjoyment, however, comes danger and risk, especially for kids.

It’s vital that you take the right steps to protect your children from burns and injury around the fireplace, fire pit, or backyard gas logs. Learn what you can do to maximize fireplace safety for your children as they enjoy these best days of the year around your vent free gas logs.

The Dangers of Fireplaces

About seven people die from home fires every single day. Children under the age of five are at much higher risk of death than other kids. Indeed, over 40% of kids who get hurt or die from fires every year are under five years old. This is because kids simply aren’t capable of understanding the risks associated with fires, so that puts it on adults to take the right steps to keep them safe.

Prepare, Practice and Prevent

The three “P’s” are the basics of fire safety for kids. They stand for “prepare, practice and prevent.” These three cornerstones are recommended not just by the U.S. Fire Administration, but FEMA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, National SAFE KIDS Campaign, and several others.

“Prepare” means to take the right steps to eliminate hazards in the home that could lead to house fires. “Practice” refers to having home fire drills and reinforcing general safety practices—in essence, training you and your kids in what to do. Finally, these two together work to “prevent” the unthinkable from happening.

Smoke Alarms

You’ve probably heard this one, but it can’t be understated. Over 60% of all deaths from home fires occur in houses that don’t have functional smoke alarms. Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor, including the basement. Put one outside of every sleeping area, or better, inside each sleeping area. Replace them every ten years, and test them at least every six months.

Reduce and Eliminate Fire Threats

Do what you can to reduce potential threats. Don’t overload your electrical outlets. This means don’t plug power strips into power strips. Keep your appliances to one per outlet. Keep dish towels and paper towels away from burners in the kitchen and generally reduce clutter. Keep clothes and blankets away from heating vents.

Don’t leave candles burning, and keep all matches and fire producing elements away from kids. Keep fire extinguishers located in multiple places and test them regularly. Update your circuit breakers with arc-fault interrupters and upgrade your electrical outlets. Something people tend to forget all too often—keep your clothes dryer maintained. Clean the lint catcher and clean out the venting system frequently.

Get Vent Free Gas Logs

If you have a wood burning fireplace in the house, consider replacing it with vent free gas logs. Properly maintained, these are less likely to cause home fires, as they don’t create embers and don’t clog your chimney with carbon fouling.

These are just a few tips for fire safety indoors. Check out some outdoor fireplace safety tips, and for more information on vent free gas logs, get in touch with Emberside today.