What are some ways to babyproof a fireplace or wood stove?

I have a wood stove that is set back into where a normal fire place use to be. It has brink work around the outside, that is raised up off the groung about a foot. The corners are really sharp. Also, my daughter is facinated by the fire, so she tries to climb up to the wood stove. How do I baby proof this? I have looked at the fireplace screens, but I have not found one that I can mount to the wall, to keep her from pulling it down, or falling forward onto the wood stove. Any one have any suggestions?


Asked by Angel8203 at 2:18 PM on Oct. 26, 2008 in Home & Garden

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  • we purchased a special fence thing from our local fireplace/woodstove store to place around our woodstove. it was pricey though! I think we spent about $120 on it (bought the original kit and then an extender too since our stove is freestanding we needed an extra length or two). It attaches to the wall, doesn't melt or even get too hot (maybe warm) when stove is in use. Worth the money! this is your best and safest bet.

    Answer by hfs1998 at 4:20 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • We have the same problem. We don't use our fireplace but it's just an open ash pit pretty much. We had to go get a special baby gate to put around the whole entire thing. That's the only thing we could think of. Also, this sounds really mean but we would let our son get close to it and pop out from around the corner and scare him. He would cry but he got the idea that the fire place was a scarey thing and actually stopped going near it.

    Answer by BabyBreyen at 3:23 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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  • There are soft things you can buy that stick to the sharp corners of the step...we had them. I don't know if you can put the glass door on your fireplace...if you can then you can also use some of the neat childproofing things they have at One Step Ahead...

    Answer by AndreaOkeefe at 8:07 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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  • I have seen the corner gaurds for the fire place. Yes they will provide a softer surface for her to hit her head on, but they will not stop her from reaching the wood stove. Not using it this winter is not an option because we can not afford that eletric bill. I thought about the Super Playard because that can be mounted to the wall, but I am afraid the heat from the fire will melt the plastic. I was just hoping some one out there would have a creative answer.

    Answer by Angel8203 at 9:48 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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