Top Fireplace Safety Tips For Children

No matter what kind of fireplace you have, you need to prioritise health & safety if you have young children at home. Here are some safety tips to consider.

Whether you have wood burners in your Staffordshire home, gas fires, stoves or another kind of fireplace, you need to prioritise health and safety if you have young children at home as well.


Make sure you stress the importance of this to your children as soon as you can so they know about the potential dangers of fire and the heat that they generate. Always keep fireplace tools and matches out of their reach just in case.

And you’d be wise to invest in a fire guard or screen to help prevent the chance of your little ones burning themselves. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case something does happen… it might also be a good idea to tell your kids how to use this if a fire breaks out and you’re not around.

Installing carbon monoxide and smoke alarms is a must, and you should test these on a regular basis. Change the batteries at least once a year so you know you’re protected.

Advise everyone in your family never to leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. And before leaving the house or going to bed, check that the fire is out properly. Keep the area around the fireplace clear of potentially flammable material such as curtains, furniture books and so on.

And you need to make sure you have your chimney checked annually, even if it’s not due for a clean. If your chimney is blocked by something you increase the risk of a fire breaking out. Get in touch with us to find out more.

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