Fireplaces are the cherry on top of your living room decor. They bring families together in front of a warm fire, during chilly months, and add a touch of timeless beauty to your modern home.

Maintaining a safe environment for your fireplace is essential to keeping the tradition alive, so you can enjoy your hearth and home for many years to come.

Use protective screens

fireplace-screenAdd a protective screen to your fireplace to ensure embers and ash don’t make their way into your cozy living space. Make sure your safety screen is securely embedded in the appropriate fashion. Safety screens also greatly reduce the risk of burns, serving as a barrier between you and the roaring fire ensconced within the enclosure.

Keep it clear of obstructions

fireplaceBe mindful of the area around your fireplace. Keep clothing, drapery, and combustibles safe from harm, by maintaining a safe distance between flammable objects and the extreme heat of the fireplace.

Monitor fireplace usage

fireplace-safety

Don’t leave fireplace unattended for long periods of time. Fireplaces remain hot long after they’re been snuffed out. Give your hearth a wide birth a year hours after the last ember has died out, as a safety precaution. Always supervise children playing near the fireplace to prevent accidents from ever occurring.

 

For additional fireplace safety tips, feel free to watch this video, provided by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association: