When my wife and I bought a new home with a fireplace, one of my biggest concerns was making sure we didn’t burn the house down.
Of course I wasn’t worried about her and I being responsible, it was the kids who I was concerned about.
They have been known to do some crazy things in their small amount of time in this world. For example, there was an apartment we were renting with a gas heater that they would stuff toys and crayons into! I couldn’t tell you how angry that made me that they kept doing that and wouldn’t even stop after all the times I would yell at them. Of course, they were much younger during that time with that gas furnace, but it sure was a nightmare having to deal with that. I constantly had to scrape burnt plastic from the furnace and we even had to replace the gasket for it. The air quality was totally ruined in the house, and it’s a miracle we were able to survive through the winter season having to smell burnt plastic and crayons. Well, I have a similar concern when it comes to using the fireplace. I certainly have a strict rule here and that’s that only the adults can work the fireplace, nobody else. They better not throw anything in there! If I smell burnt plastic or crayons, I swear I’m going to lose it. I feel they are old enough now to pay attention to the rules, but you truly never know. Even up until recently, they have surprised me with foolish things they would do.