Many homes, 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.
Reduce fire hazards
Use a fireplace barrier
Barriers prevent direct contact with 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 to learn 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 young children. Older children should be able to reach the fire extinguisher and should be taught how to use it. 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: August 1, 2023
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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