Nowadays, a lot of people are opting to use modern heating systems like heat pumps and such. Not only are they convenient, they’re also efficient and generally safe around people of different age groups.

However, other homeowners prefer the more traditional heating system that’s been around for centuries now – fireplaces and stoves. While one cannot deny that installing fireplaces adds some ambiance to the home, there are still risks that come along with it.

Among the different types of fireplaces, perhaps the one that comes with the greatest safety risk for the household, especially children, are the wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. Yes, they can bring the heat, but not without the fire hazards that naturally come along with it.

Generally speaking, they’re safe around children. But you still need consider the following steps to further ensure that a wood burning stove (vedovn) isn’t posing a threat to anybody in the house, especially with the kids.

Things you should consider before using wood-burning stoves with children

  1. Carbon monoxide build up
  • Carbon monoxide build up happens when smoke forms in contained spaces
  • Can lead to poisoning and even death if not addressed promptly
  • What to do to avoid this:
  • Make sure to install a fire burning system in your home and have it maintained by a professional
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors near the fireplace and near the baby’s sleeping area as well.
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Amount of smoke also affects the chance that your child develops allergies
  • Linked with increased incidence of cough and respiratory diseases in children
  • Ventilation
  • Have a ventilation system properly installed by a professional. A vent should be able to move most of the smoke and fumes outside.
  • Make sure to use the correct fuel.
  • Follow the ventilation and flue instructions given by the manufacturer.
  • Air pollution outdoors
  • Think about the impact that home fires can bring to the environment on a daily basis.