3 Ways to Prevent Fireplace Accidents
Doors, screens, and curtains keep sparks and ash from creating flames outside the hearth
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To keep the home fires burning safely, every fireplace needs a well-fitted screen. A fireplace shield not only prevents sparks and ashes from popping onto wood floors or carpet, it can also offer a way to manage air flow and get just the right circulation to prevent smoke from curling back inside the house. Dress up any hearth with a screen fitted exactly to your firebox.
Glass-door fireplace screens are the most secure means of controlling an indoor blaze. They not only shield the room from flying sparks with mesh curtains, but also allow you to completely close off the firebox behind solid doors. This can be crucial in poorly constructed fireboxes that don’t draw well, where having a means to shutter the opening can be the difference between using your living room’s centerpiece for fires or using it for dried-flower arrangements.
Properly drawing fireplaces don’t necessarily need a glass-door insert. Instead, a freestanding screen may be all that’s called for. Tri-folding screens have a deep profile, which can add a bit of decorative texture to the room. Flush-mounted standing screens fit nicely against the chimney; just be sure to measure accurately as the tolerances are more critical.
There’s not much that can go wrong on fireplace screens—with the exception of the screen itself. The interlocking wire can become warped and difficult to open on curtain-style screens. Fortunately, the curtain can be replaced with minimal cost, or replacement screen material can be used separately with a valance or rod for the ultimate low-profile look.