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Everyone loves to gather around the fireplace at home. Extra steps need to be taken when there are young children in the house in order to ensure their safety. A drastic step is to consider not using the fireplace in the day, or while children are awake. Barring that option, there are several fireplace safety precautions parents can take to avoid any dangerous mishaps. Perhaps the most important is education. Children need to be taught the dangers of fire and fireplaces as well as how to protect themselves from injury.