Best Baby Gate for Fireplaces
We’ve talked about baby gates in a few articles on this site and that they are the best and one of the most cost effective ways to baby proof your home quickly and not permanently. Areas in your home that need special attention are the kitchen, the stairs and the outdoors. Another important zone to baby proof is your fireplace! The warmth of a fireplace is very pleasant to keep your home heated in the winter, but you definitely don’t want your child getting near the flames or near the heat of a glass fireplace. About ⅓ of homes in North America have fireplaces, which means a lot of people need baby proofing! In this article, we talk about how to baby proof your fireplace and the best baby gates for fireplaces.
What is a baby gate?
Baby gates are plastic, fabric or metal barriers installed to keep babies and small children restricted to or restricted from high-risk areas. Rather than baby-proofing certain objects, a baby gate is the best way to section off rooms, floors or sections of rooms to keep children out of certain spots. They are a cost-effective way to baby proof your home and are a must-have for your house or apartment.
Baby Proofing Options
Baby gate to fence off fireplace
The best way to baby-proof your fireplace is to restrict access to it by your children. This can be done easily but installing a baby gate around the fireplace so they cannot get near it. If you are choosing this method, make sure to get a sturdy gate that is tall, made out of good materials, and not free standing. If it’s not properly installed, a free standing baby gate can be pulled down or knocked over by your child, defeating its purpose. This type of baby gate will close off the fireplace while still allowing your child to roam around in other areas of the room.
Another method to baby proof your fireplace (and other areas of your home) is getting a play yard, also called a play pen that keeps your child within the area surrounded by the pen. This is a good option not only to keep your little ones away from the fireplace, but out of other dangerous parts of your home as well. Kids will stay restricted in a certain area within the pen. However, this leaves your fireplace still exposed so ensure that your child is securely within your play yard and cannot get out.
A fireplace screen is typically included in your home if you have a fireplace and looks like a fence which wraps around your fireplace and hearth. These are common solutions, but are often free standing or flimsily made, but will do fine for a home with just adults. If you have babies or children; however, a baby gate is still the safest way to go.
Learn more about babyproofing your fireplace here.
Best baby gates for fireplaces
Best Choice Products Baby Safety Fence Hearth Gate
This is a highly recommended baby gate for fireplaces. It is built with heavy-duty tubular steel, making it sturdy and child proof. The baby gate can be assembled at home and installed using the included hardware mounts to the wall on either side of your fireplace. The overall gate size is 122” in width and 30” in height. It can fit a fireplace up to 60” wide and when installed, is positioned far enough from the fireplace itself so it doesn’t retain too much heat from the flame. This gate comes with a built in door which is helpful for parents and adults who want to access the fireplace without needing to climb over the baby gate every time. The door comes with a handle for easy access, but has a secure latch so your kids can’t get through. Some reviews say that assembly is a bit challenging due to unclear instructions, but following the assembly image seems to be fairly straightforward.
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate and Play Yard
This is an extra wide baby gate which can work as a baby gate for the fireplace, as well as a free standing play yard. Depending on what works best for your child, this product provides enough flexibility for you to try both options for baby proofing your fireplace. This baby gate can be installed surrounding your fireplace, and its extra width means a greater separation from the gate to the fireplace. This will ensure that it doesn’t overheat and burn your children. It also comes with a door and handle to allow you to pass through and adjust the flame, while keeping your kids out. The gate is made entirely with steel and comes with mounting hardware so it can be installed securely to a wall. The gate is also wide enough to fence off an entire section of a room, so you can block off the fireplace and even surrounding areas, or other dangerous parts of your home. It also works as a room divider. Finally, this baby gate can be used as a play yard if the panels are attached and enclosed, creating a very safe and contained play pen for your child. Parents love this play pen because it is so versatile, well made, and easy to assemble. It’s lightweight and great to travel with! Some parents even buy two to create a larger play pen. The possibilities are endless!
North States Superyard 3-in-1 Metal Gate
This baby gate by North States is another versatile option for baby proofing your fireplace. It acts as a baby gate for fireplaces, as well as a free standing play yard. The gate comes with 6 removable and adjustable panels, which allows for lots of flexibility in the angles and area you choose to cover. The gate is 30 inches tall and using the extra panels, can stretch up to 144 inches long. When being used as a baby gate for fireplaces, the gate can be hardware mounted to create an extra wide fireplace screen. Alternatively, you can also position the gate in the shape of a hexagon and connect the two ends to create a play yard that is approximately 10 square feet. For either option, the gate comes with a swinging walk through door panel that is self-closing but also has a hold-open feature. People who have bought this gate say that it is very sturdy, easy to install, and they really enjoy the built in door. The additional panels make it easy to adapt the gate for any space and it’s great for keeping kids away from the fireplace.
North States Superyard 3 in 1 Wood Gate
This is another baby gate for fireplaces by North States which can be used as an extra-wide baby gate, a fireplace barrier or a portable play yard. It comes with 6 wooden panels with rotating joints so you can install the gate to fit any space just right. Using the two-panel extension, this can add an additional 48 inches in length to your gate. The gate comes with hardware mounted brackets that secure into walls and even crown molding. This baby gate also has a self-closing door that also stays open if desired. The wood panels offer a warm finish to complement your home decor, as some parents don’t like the look of plastic or metal baby products. At 34 pounds, it weighs slightly less than the steel model of the same gate. It’s easy to install and also folds up for quick storage.
TMS Baby Safety Fence Hearth Gate
This baby gate is made for indoor and outdoor use, to protect your children from fireplaces, BBQ grills, bonfires, or pools. It’s very well made with heavy steel, but only weighs 25 pounds so is easy to move around and store. It can fit a standard fireplace measuring 60 inches in length and when installed leaves 25 inches of separation from the edge of the gate to the fireplace. This baby gate has a door in the centre with a child-proof handle. Like some other models, this gate can also be used as a free standing play yard if you’d prefer not to mount it into your wall using screws. The play yard can be moved room to room wherever you want to keep your child contained. Some buyers have found this a challenge to assemble but overall great value for their money.
If you have a working fireplace in your home, a baby gate is a must have! As you can see, there are many options that you can use as a baby gate or as a free standing play yard, whatever works best for your home and your child.