Very educational experience. Learned a lot about child-proofing a home. Job was done in a timely manner and it looks great.
Fireplace Safety Products and Installation
Choosing Fireplace Safety Baby Gates, Screens and Bumper Guards for Hearth Childproofing
Light, color, and heat: these three qualities of a fireplace draw a curious baby or toddler to a hearth like a moth to flame. Even when a fireplace is closed off, the structure’s sharp, hard edges and dangerous tools mean that the best way to ensure your child’s safety is to invest in appropriate fireplace baby proofing products.
Secure a fireplace screen to the inside of the fireplace to prevent a child from pulling it over on themselves. Make a fireplace screen safe for children.
Fireplace gates or fences are a great way of sectioning off an entire fireplace to protect from fire and hard edges. However, make sure the product you choose is secure enough to stand without being easily toppled over: this could lead to further injuries and a fire hazard. The fence should be fixed with screws to the exterior of your fireplace.
With a wood burning fireplace, a gate should be positioned far back enough to guard your child from sparks and burning embers. A gas fireplace’s child safety gate can be moved closer.
An auto close hearth gate provides a door that shuts itself for better convenience and safety. Additionaly, gates may feature safety alert systems to signal you when the door is not closed securely.
Foam Edge Guard
Foam edge guards attach directly to the hearth padding of sitting (raised) hearth-type fireplaces. These protection devices for toddlers and infants are designed to fit snugly against the hard corners and sharp edges of the stone padding. Foam bumper guards stay in place thanks to adhesive foam, that sticks to the surface of the extended hearth. Fireplace padding is easy to install and varies in colors so that your little tike can be protected from bumps and bruises while your home still looks stylish.
Full Cushion Hearth Guard
Full cushion hearth guards are a type of soft guard that functions by covering the entirety of the part of the raised hearth that extends from the wall into the room. Because fireplace designs come in all shapes and sizes, full cushion hearth guards need to be custom-made and installed by professionals in order to properly protect little ones.
These kid safety screens act as a spark guard and protect your infant or toddler from open flames and the burnt wood and ashes inside a fireplace. A magnetic screen is one option that can be directly attached to a fireplace’s metal frame without tools or installation. However, it’s important to know that screens cannot fully keep your child safe. Baby proof fireplace safety screens made of glass, wrought iron, and metal protect from direct fire, but they do heat up themselves by absorbing heat from the fire. Freestanding screens can be easily toppled and may be knocked over while hot, which can be even more dangerous. When searching for a quality screen, don’t hesitate to consult the professionals to ensure your child’s safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to babyproof your fireplace?
To properly baby proof your fireplace, be sure to avoid free-standing fireplace child protection screens or gates. These options are pushed over easily, and when it comes to the area around a fireplace, you don’t want a safety device to become a fire hazard. Instead, when toddler proofing, look into installing an attachable baby gate at an appropriate distance from your fireplace. Remember also that fireplace screens don’t offer complete safety, as they get hot and can burn a kid when being touched.
Because a fireplace is also hazardous for sharp edges and hard stone, consider using multiple methods to childproof your hearth by bumper foam or full-cushion guards.
How to childproof hearth padding?
Bumper guards are a great solution to protecting from a fireplace’s other dangers besides heat: hard stone and sharp edges. Foam edge guards are easily applied and soften corners and lines. A full-cushion hearth guard covers all exposed stone your baby might reach. For full-coverage, look into installing a fence around the fireplace.