Keep Kids & Pets Safe with Electric Fireplace Logs, Candles & More

Have you given up lighting your fireplace, burning candles, or decorating your home with fresh plants because you have pets or kids? Well, you don't have to. There are great alternatives worth exploring. This handy guide reveals ways you can enjoy your fireplace, burn candles, and add eco-friendly plant life to your home decor without endangering the ones you love.

Fireplaces

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Everyone knows that fireplaces can be dangerous. If not properly used and monitored sparks and embers can cause a fire to develop and spread through the home rapidly, not to mention the potential accidents that can occur like burns. Most traditional fireplaces include screen covers to help prevent such accidents, but pets and children are often curious and sometimes their curiosity can lead to serious accidents.

One of the best ways to enjoy the fireplace experience without the risk is to use an electric fireplac einstead. Electric fireplaces are a worthwhile investment considering that they are safer than the alternative. There are a variety of options to choose from. For example, electric fireplace stoves are small, relatively inexpensive and very safe. There smaller than traditional fireplaces and most often freestanding, but they create a similar ambiance, making them an ideal alternative.

Electric fireplaces - mantels , media consoles , and wall mount varieties - are ideal for families with children and pets, simply because they replicate a traditional fire without any mess or risk. Most options include safety features like cool touch glass and automatic shut off that make them an ideal alternative to traditional fireplace heating. The warmth produced is effective and there is no wasted energy as they are electric and 100% of the energy used is converted to heat.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration , "more than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves, and fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources." Did you know that heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires every year? If you like your existing fireplace and mantel, insert electric fireplace logs into the firebox and enjoy! These logs are safe and effective.

Candles

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The National Fire Protection Association states that in 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 9,600 home structure fires that were started by candles. These fires caused 90 deaths, 820 injuries and $370 millionin direct property damage. Furthermore, candles caused 3% of reported home fires, 4% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of the direct property damage from home fires in 2010.

For those of us that love to burn candles there are choices that are pet and child friendly. Surprisingly there are flameless candles available. These are great alternatives. Battery operated candles allow you to enjoy the ambiance of a traditional candle without any of the danger they might cause your children or pets.

And if you think you're forgoing the fragrance candles produce you're not. There are varieties available that produce beautiful fragrances like vanilla and lavender. They look and feel just like real candles too. They offer a warm soft glow that flickers like a real candle and some types even look as if they are melting.

Household Plants

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Did you know there are a large variety of household plants that are dangerous to children and pets? According to the University of Connecticut , many houseplants contain toxic properties that can cause severe allergic reactions, skin irritation, dermatitis, and internal poisoning. Because children and pets are so curious, it's vital to only bring plants into the home that are safe.

If you love plants but you've removed them from you home because of the danger they present, there are alternatives. First, educate yourself. Increase your knowledge of which plants are safe to bring into the home and which ones aren't.

The University of Connecticut provides a list of toxic and non-toxic plants so you can make the appropriate purchases. Live plants are eco-friendly and tend to keep the indoor atmosphere clean.

Second, consider using silk plants. Silk plants can look very real and provide the same decorative feeling traditional houseplants provide. They're beautiful and add color and interest to the room without the risk too. In addition, most craft supply or hardware stores sell silk plant cleaner to keep them looking neat and free of dust, so maintaining them is easy too. There's no need to forgo plant life when you have children and pets. There are ways to enjoy houseplants and keep the ones you love safe.

These are just a few ways to enjoy the things you love and keep your family safe. Make a few minor lifestyle adjustments, and you can burn candles, light acozy fire, and enjoy the plants you love

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