A babyproof fireplace is a must for any homes with fireplaces, both gas burning and wood. We want to avoid:
- Serious, life threatening burns that can occur if your child accidentally starts the fireplace or gets near a fire
- Smoke inhalation
- Baby playing in soot and ashes (and possibly ingesting them)
- Injury from falling on a fireplace hearth
- Injury from hitting sharp corners that are often found on hearths
Babyproof Fireplace: Tips to Get You Started
The solution that is best for your home is one that:
- Provides a few feet of restricted space so your child cannot access the fireplace
- Does not pose a fire risk if the fireplace is lit (this is not always possible, but is ideal)
A few things to remember when it comes to fireplace safety:
- It is best to not utilize the fireplace when your children are around. Fireplace injuries can be severe and this is the safest way to prevent injury.
- If you have a glass fireplace cover, it can stay warm for an hour or so after the fireplace is turned off. Be aware that burns can occur if your child touches the cover of a recently turned-off fireplace.
- Avoid play yards and any gates that are not hardware mounted. These are too easy for a child to tip over into the fireplace.
- Fireplace screens provide some measure of burn protection, but still pose a risk as many can be easily knocked over or opened by a young child. It is better to create a barrier of space between your child and the fireplace.
Babyproof Fireplace: Recommended Products
The Regalo Super Wide Baby Gate is your best bet for a babyproof fireplace. This gate can be hardware mounted to the walls surrounding the fireplace, giving a safe berth of space between your children and the fireplace.
- Can be an eyesore
- Requires drilling
If you have a raised hearth, you’ll want to soften up the edges and corners. Many hearths are brick and contain sharp corners that can cause serious injury. The Cardinal Gates Metal Hearth Guard is the strongest option. It includes a telescoping metal backer that attaches securely to brick and other hearth materials.
- Relatively easy installation
- Secure and tight fit
- Available in 4 colors
- Does not cover entire heart
- Requires some maintenance; screw tightening
If your hearth lies closer to the ground, you might want to consider a hearth guard that covers the entire surface of the hearth, especially if your child will often be playing in the vicinity of the fireplace. The KidKusion Hearth Pad will fit most hearths and can be cut to fit the dimensions of your particular hearth. If you go this route, you won’t need to mess with the corner and edge guards.