Fire Safety

Fireplaces and child safety gates

Fireplaces and child safety gates Did you know that the glass of a gas fireplace heats up to 400 ̊F in just 6 minutes and takes 45 minutes to cool down? This means that children should be kept away from fireplaces not only when the fire is on, but also long after it’s been put out. The easiest and best way to keep children away from fires, and therefore preventing them from getting burnt, is to restrict their access to it at all times by installing the correct child safety gate.   The child safety gate pictured above is firmly fixed to the wall, keeps the fireplace isolated and avoids anyone getting too close. Also, contrary to free standing fire place screens, a child will not be able to pull this protection down, potentially allowing him to fall onto to the fire. Please keep in mind that pokers, brushes and other fireplace tools should also be placed in the restricted area and away from reach, as a child may think of them as toys. For more information on child safety gates and on how to prevent fireplace related accidents, contact us at 888-481-7233.

Baby proof a fireplace with a safety gate

Baby proof a fireplace with a safety gate According to the US Fire Administration, more than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves or other fuel fired appliances to heat their homes. Every type of fireplace, whether wood-burning, gas, or electric, poses a potential danger to children. Not only can babies and small children get burnt by the fireplace, they can also breathe in unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. To keep your family safe during the cold season we suggest to carry out annual maintenance on your fireplace and chimney, in order to prevent creosote buildups and potential fires. Make sure the area surrounding the fireplace is clear of flammable objects, such as furniture, drapes or newspapers, and install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. In a study released in 2009, poison control centers reported more than 3,500 cases of carbon monoxide exposure in children under the age of 19, proving how a carbon monoxide alarm is a must for everyone who owns a fireplace. We all realize the importance of teaching children as early as possible the dangers of a fire, and the consequences of getting to close to it, but when dealing with babies, actions have more power than words. Pictured below is a child safety gate placed around a wood burning fireplace.     As can be seen this baby gate restricts access to the fire place and creates a distance between the child and potential danger. Please note that other methods, such as free standing fireplace screens, can be easily pulled down by a baby, or can be leaned on, causing the screen to fall towards the fire. This Baby Safe Homes child safety gate is secured, will not fall on top of your […]

By |November 19th, 2016|Info|0 Comments

Home Smoke Detectors – Keeping your Baby and Family Safe

October 6th through the 12th is National Fire Prevention Week. Installing and maintaining smoke detectors is crucial to your family’s safety. Everyday, six people die in home fires. That’s 2,310 deaths on average each year. Take a Good, Better, Best approach to fire safety in your home. Fires can happen anytime, so be ready! GOOD: Install a working smoke alarm in your home.  Consumers who have working smoke alarms in their homes die in fires at about half the rate of those who do not. Change the batteries every year. Replace the smoke alarms every 10 years.  After all, smoke alarms don’t last forever. BETTER: Multiple working smoke alarms are better than one.  Install alarms on every level of your house, inside each bedroom and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect your smoke alarms, that way if one smoke alarm detects a fire, all smoke alarms will sound. Consider installing smoke alarms that use 10-year sealed batteries. They don’t require annual battery changes. BEST: Install two types of working smoke alarms in your home: ionization and photoelectric alarms.  Smoke alarms use one or both of these methods, sometimes with a heat detector, to warn you about a fire. The safety standard for smoke alarms has been improved and should result in improvements to how both types of alarms perform. Ionization alarms respond quickly to flaming fires and photoelectric detectors respond sooner to smoldering fires. Make sure all alarms are interconnected. Have a fire escape plan and practice it. A smoke alarm can’t save your family’s lives if everyone doesn’t know what to do when it sounds. Have two ways to get out of each room and set a pre-arranged meeting place outside. And remember, once you are out of the house, […]

Kitchen Safety Tips: Keep Your Family Safe From Kitchen Fires

  Did you know that cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States? Follow some simple safety tips from Safe Kids USA to protect your family and your home. Top Kitchen Safety Tips Preventing cooking fires Never leave hot food or appliances unattended while cooking. Always be alert when you are cooking and not under the influence of medication or alcohol. Keep anything that can catch on fire at least 3 feet from the stove, toaster oven, or other heat source. Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean. Do not wear loose fitting clothes that can catch fire if you stand too close to a burner. If you are frying, grilling or broiling food stay in the kitchen.  If you are baking or simmering check food frequently. Preventing burns and scalds To prevent hot food or liquid spills, use the stove’s back burner and/or turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. All appliance cords should be kept coiled and away from counter edges. Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food. Open containers that have been in the microwave slowly and away from the face. Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated. Keeping Kids Safe Create a 3 foot Kid Free Zone around the stove. Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids. Young children should be more than 3 feet from any place where there is hot food, drinks, pans, or trays. Hot items should be kept from the edge of counters and tables. Do not use a tablecloth or place mat if very young […]

By |November 24th, 2010|Info, Safety|0 Comments
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