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If your fireplace has its own set of protective doors, you may have decided that this is safety enough for your children and that you don't need a fireplace hearth gate to keep them away. But you may not realize that the door itself can pose its own hazards, since little hands can easily get pinched by the glass. To prevent this from happening, buy a fireplace door guard. This is an inexpensive piece that attaches over the handles or swinging or folding-style doors and holds them in place so your children can't move the doors at all. For $20 or less, this is an important step in your fireplace safety routine.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|