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Child Proofing Your Fireplace Makes Sense

With the cooler weather blowing in, homeowners will no doubt be starting to burn wood in their fireplaces to keep warm as the autumn comes to an end. For cities around Houston, like College Station, Texas, temperatures are expected to dip to 40į Fahrenheit by January!

Most of the information in the industry deals with following basic advice regarding burning a safe fire including:
ē    Selecting the right logs
ē    Keeping the fire well ventilated
ē    Closing the damper to keep warm air inside once a fire has been completely extinguished.
ē    Having your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually by a CSIA certified chimney sweeper
ē    Performing regular checks for cracking, loose bricks and any other signs of deterioration

The basics are easy enough to follow and most homeowners that heat with a fireplace are very cautious and take all of the safety precautions before and after lighting their fireplace.  If a family has young children, or there are grandchildren visiting, there are certain safety measures that should be taken that will ensure that everyone can safely enjoy the fireplace.

Many fireplaces have a glass that allows the whole family to view the fire. Although the glass is considered safe at the allowable temperatures, it can get very hot when the fireplace is on or even when itís cooling down and precautions should be taken. The glass doors can remain hot for some time after. It isnít only glass doors that get hot but children metal surfaces, such as door frames and grilles, may also get hot.

Therefore, itís very important to always have adult supervision present where the whether the gas, wood-burning or pellet-burning fireplace or stove is located when there are small children in the room. Children donít know the dangers related to fireplaces. Never leave young children alone near an operating fireplace or stove.
Another important tip is to keep the remote control out of the reach of children. If a child suddenly turns the fireplace or gas stove or insert on with the remote control and another child is close to the hearth, there could be fatal consequences. And for extra precaution, install an attachable safety screen, a free-standing safety gate or a free-standing fireplace safety screen around the fireplace in order to prevent infants that are crawling or children that are near from getting too close. If you werenít aware, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, as of January 1, 2015 all gas-fired, certified fireplaces manufactured will include a safety screen that must be installed.

If there is a wall switch that is used to turn on the fireplace, install a switch lock. Children can turn on these switches by accident. Itís best to read the ownerís manual and follow all instructions. Some hearth appliances have special instruction to disable the remote when itís not in use.
Homeowners are also reminded to always supervise children when a fireplace is burning. If the gas fireplace has a remote control, be sure to put it in a place where children canít reach for it.

For more than 19 years, American Fireplace Inc., Houston, Texasí fully licensed chimney cleaners, air duct and dryer vent cleaners have been providing cleaning services to more than 35,000 industrial, commercial and residential clients inside and outside the Houston, Texas area.  Our certified experienced professionals can perform chimney cleaning and repairs, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning or other chimney, fireplace or dryer vent related services for all types of chimneys, air ducts and dryer vents. Keeping your unitís fire safe, we are American Fireplace Inc.!

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