Do you have a fireplace in your home? If you do, you probably have some concerns on safety, especially if you have young children in the home.
Fireplaces can bring warmth, togetherness and can be the meeting place for family gatherings. Who doesn’t dream of their family nestled up by the fireplace on a cold winter night?
While fireplaces are great, you also need to be aware of some potential safety issues and things you can do to make your fireplace safe for the family. Below are a few tips along with a nifty infographic that shows some common fireplace safety tips.
Carbon monoxide – This is probably the biggest concern people have, especially with gas and wood fireplaces as they can produce dangerous carbon monoxide, which you cannot see or smell. Make sure you room is well vented and that your flu is open to allow carbon monoxide to leave the house. Carbon Monoxide is one fo the main reasons people opt for an electric fireplace. We purchased an electric wall mounted fireplace in Toronto last year and love it!
Proper Installation – Make sure whoever installs your fireplace knows what they are doing. Many times problems arise because the installer failed to install the fireplace correctly. Make sure they are licensed and capable of doing the job, read online reviews! Many fireplace dealers have their own installers or work with a licenced HVAC company to handle the job, we used our friends over at Lloyd HVAC of Toronto to install hours as they also service our HVAC unit.
Safety Gates – If you have small children, invest in a safety gate, it’ll bring peace of mind and help avoid a nasty burn. Many of the new ones are metal or have similar material that makes it look elegant and not an eyesore for the home.
Clutter – Don’t leave clutter around your firpelace, especially if it is wood burning or has an open face where something can fly into the firebox. Leave the area clean and keep combustables away from you fireplace.