What is the safety issue with fireplace surrounds?


In recent times, there have been reports on modular, stone and artificial stone fireplaces falling on children in the home. 

Individual components of these fireplaces can weigh more than 50kgs and unless fitted in a secure manner, it makes the mantel, in particular, liable to topple off the lintel. 

RoSPA suggests that you seek professional advice before buying one of these products in order to get assurance that the product you intend to buy is suitable and safe for your home. Also acknowledge that the full cost will be both the fireplace and the fitting and get quotes for the fireplace surround and fitting in advance. Ensure that the combined cost is within your price range. Finally, get the fireplace surround fitted by a professional and ensure that the professional guidance is followed.

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