24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
ACL Tears on the Rise Among Kids, Especially GirlsLearning Issues Common in Kids With Heart Defects: StudyAAP Policy Statement Focuses on Child Witness Well-BeingKids Born to Older Moms Score Higher on Thinking TestsThere's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic KidsMost Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Kids' Nutritional NeedsKids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at HomeAntibiotics Could Be Alternative to Surgery for AppendicitisIs Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis?Health Tip: Give Your Kids Bone-Building FoodLow-Income Kids More Likely to Have ADHD, AsthmaTougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the RoadHealth Tip: Protect Kids in Cold WeatherNeeded: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic ReactionsBe Your Child's ValentineAmbient Air Pollution May Raise T2DM Risk in Hispanic ChildrenWinning the Veggie Wars With KidsPrenatal BPA Exposure May Dampen Body's Fullness Cues8 Ways to Help Kids Dodge GermsFor Kids, Regular Exercise Seems to Put Depression on the Run2000 to 2014 Saw Increase in Vitamin D Deficiency in ChildrenSleepovers With Dad Can Be a Win-Win After DivorceTransverse Myelitis ID'd As Manifestation of Celiac Dx in ChildMost U.S. Adults Support Routine Child Vaccine'Heading' Soccer Ball Not Smart for the BrainHealth Tip: Why Are Baby Teeth Important?Guidelines Developed for Use of Growth Hormone in ChildrenHealth Tip: Keep Kids Healthy During WinterChronic Bullying Has Detrimental Effect on Academic PerformanceFather Involvement Lacking in Pediatric Obesity ProgramsChronic Bullying Can Show Up in Report CardsTeach Your Kids to Use Media in Healthy WaysMost U.S. Children Consume at Least One Sugary Drink a DayHealth Tip: Finding Help for an Overweight ChildKids' Sugary Drink Habits Start EarlyReport Urges Pediatric Practices to Consider Consent by ProxyPsoriasis Impacts QoL for Parents of Affected ChildrenIncreased Risk of Obesity for Children With AsthmaHealth Tip: Help Young Athletes Avoid MalnutritionShould More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?Risk of Post-Op Infections Up in Overweight, Obese ChildrenParents Have Mixed Views on When to Keep Sick Kids Out of SchoolKids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in SchoolPediatricians Offer Heads-Up for Preventing Soccer InjuriesHead for the Hills With Sled Safety in MindKids' Use of Artificial Sweeteners Spiked in Recent YearsHow to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood IllnessDespite Pledges, No Improvement in Chain Restaurant Kids' Menus: StudyKids' Care May Suffer When Parents Clash With Medical StaffPoverty's Impact on a Child's Mental Health
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

How to Keep Your Kids Cozy and Safe by the Fireside

HealthDay News
by -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
Updated: Jan 1st 2017

new article illustration

SUNDAY, Jan. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gathering the family around a crackling fire may be cozy and fun in the winter, but all types of fireplaces are a potential hazard to your little ones, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kids need to be supervised around wood-burning fires as well as around gas and electric fireplaces, the group warns. It notes that children should be taught early on about fire safety and the risks of serious burns.

The academy provides these tips to prevent fireplace-related accidents and injuries:

  • Crack a window while a fire is burning to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Make sure the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keep it open until the fire is completely out to keep smoke out of the house.
  • Never burn wet or green wood. Make sure firewood is dry and well-aged to cut down on smoke and prevent soot buildup.
  • Burn smaller pieces of wood on a grate.
  • Remove ashes from previous fires. A thick layer of ash under burning logs can restrict air flow, producing extra smoke.
  • Have the chimney professionally checked for nests and other blockages each year even if it doesn't need to be cleaned.
  • Do not put flammable furniture, curtains, books or papers near a fireplace.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Do not go to bed until a fire is completely out.
  • Never leave a young child near a fireplace that is still hot.
  • Place a safety screen in front of a fireplace to prevent burns from touching hot glass.
  • Be sure all fireplace tools and accessories, especially lighters and matches, are stored where kids can't get them.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them monthly and change batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

More information

The U.S. Fire Administration provides more information on children and fire safety.