Congratulations on investing in a brand new Quadra-fire fireplace for your home. You’ll be enjoying it for many years to come, so make sure that you place it in a manner that ensures the maximum enjoyment – while also ensuring your safety. An optimised layout will ensure it won’t get in the way when not in use, while still providing maximum heat to your surroundings during the colder months. Here are a few factors worth considering when placing a fireplace in your home.
Placing your fireplace safely
There are steps you should take to ensure that the heat it provides doesn’t create damage to any of your furniture, belongings or even people surrounding it.
While an accident is unlikely to happen, it’s always better to be safe than to be sorry. To ensure your Quadra-fire doesn’t pose a hazard to any nearby flammable items, be sure to maintain a minimum clearance between your fireplace and surrounding combustibles, such as chairs, tables and furnishings – especially if you have antique wooden items or ones made of plastic. To check what the minimum clearances required for your fireplace are, consult your owner’s manual.
This minimum length also appliances to major appliances like televisions and rugs made of natural materials such as reeds and woven grasses. If you have long curtains, check to see that they cannot reach and cover any part of your fireplace when disrupted by a breeze. You should never place combustible objects in front of your fireplace.
Fireplaces and children/pets
If you have pets and children in the home, you’ll know that they can create a whirlwind of activity. To prevent this from leading to accidents around your fireplace, ensure that the furniture and decorative elements surrounding it are stable and have heavy bases that can’t be knocked over.
Also, take care that there are no flammable materials lying around such as throw pillows or draperies that could be accidentally tossed over your fireplace. A large, solid and sturdy fireplace gate is a great investment if you’re concerned that curious hands and paws might be tempted to touch your fireplace directly.
Following these precautions should be more than enough to keep your fireplace operating smoothly and safely in any room of the home. Provided it’s been properly installed by professionals, you can look forward to years of worry-free use.