Many homers, restaurants, and hotels have fireplaces. While they can provide warmth and a comforting glow, they also have risks. Keeping your child safe around a fireplace is important. One of the best ways to do this is to teach your child about the dangers of fire and the heat it creates.
Use a barrier with your fireplace
Barriers prevent direct contact with the fire, coals, or hot glass. There are 3 types of barriers:
Supervise your child
Install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on different levels of your home. Test them every month and change the batteries at least once a year . Check with your city or town’s fire department on how to use and maintain your smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
Keep a fire extinguisher in your house where it is easy to see and grab if needed. Ensure that they are out of reach of children. Check with your city or town’s fire department for more information on the different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them.
Current as of: June 10, 2020
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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