Many households harbor threats to young children that are oftentimes overlooked. The Doctors share essential fireplace safety tips.
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Fireplace Safety Andrew Ordon: Time for another health hazard, we need to talk about it. We talked about it last season. Do you remember when we all dressed up in our winter gear? Well, that time of year again, as the weather is getting colder, what do we use? Our fireplace, but it’s so important to know the tricks, the ins and outs about fireplace safety. I would like to enlist the help of somebody in the audience; stand up for us, what’s your name? Cherie: Cherie. Andrew Ordon: Cherie, come on up here. How are you? Welcome. We’re going to have you stand right here. Now, what you're going to do is you're going to study this picture that we’ve created in a typical living room. What you're going to do with your finger, I press this and when you press hard, you’ll be able to form a circle but press hard. Now, there are six things in this scenario that are unsafe in your living room as it relates to your fireplace. So, I want you to circle those but the kicker is you have ten seconds to do it and Doctor Travis is nice enough to count but you don’t have to do it out loud. Travis Stork: All right, on your mark. Andrew Ordon: Cherie, you can do it. Travis Stork: Get set. Go! Andrew Ordon: Five, that’s truly impressive! Travis Stork: All right! Andrew Ordon: And that was in reference setting time. You know there were six items in that picture that were wrong and starting on my side, you have the newspapers, flammable objects, too close to your fireplace. You have the lighter right next to the fireplace. You have an open entrance to your fire, the sparks; the wood can come flying out. You have your fireplace utensils too close to the fireplace. The kids can knock that over and finally, you have the wood stacked in a way it could easily fall down on the kids and cause other problems. You did very, very well. That’s a perfect score! Very impressive! Jim Sears: So, Doctor Ordon, I've got another great solution for parents who are concerned about fireplace safety. It’s the KidCo HearthGate. I'm going to show you a picture of it. Basically, it’s a gate that goes around the entire fireplace. It keeps the little ones out. That way they’re not getting near the fire or the utensils or any of the dangerous stuff there.