Fireplace Screens to Keep Embers Where They Belong

Keep your family and home safe with a protective fire guard.

Wood burning in fireplace.
Keep your family and home safe from sparks flying out of your fireplace.Pexels

There are an estimated 358,500 home fires every year in the USA. While only a fraction of those—4 percent—start in the living room (the kitchen is the biggest culprit, responsible for 50 percent), if you do have an open fire, a screen, guard or curtain that stops hot embers scorching the hearth rug is a good idea.

Plow & Hearth Large Tree of Life Metal Fireplace Screen with Single Hinged Door, Free Standing Spark Guard, 44 W x 33 H x 11.5 D, Black and Gold Flecked
No installation is required for this attractive guard decorated with a beautiful motif from nature and an opening panel in the center for access while in use. For smaller hearths, a 38” x 31” version is also available.Plow & Hearth

For a simple, construction-free option that you can literally unpack and use straight off the bat, look for a free-standing screen or guard. These may be made of three hinged panels so that they can wrap around the fireplace, or even have a door (or doors) built into the center so that you don’t have to move them entirely when you want to access the fire.

Midwest Hearth Fireplace Mesh Screen Curtain 22" High. Two 24" Wide Panels. Made in USA (Black)
Designed to replace an existing product (meaning the rod and valance are sold separately), this simple yet elegant protection is also available in Antique Brass and Antique Bronze finishes to match your interiors.Midwest Hearth

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution than a screen, you might want to consider metal mesh curtains. They are, exactly as they sound: curtains, usually made from twisted, interlocking spirals of metal, which hang from a rod and can be opened and closed in the same way a regular set of curtains can. They might not be so good at stopping smaller sparks from flying—they tend not to be as tightly woven as the mesh you might find on a screen—but they will definitely keep embers where they’re meant to be.

Pleasant Hearth AT-1001 1111 Fireplace Screen, Medium, Black
Designed to fit fireboxes that are between 30 and 37 inches wide and between 25.5 and 32.5 inches in height, this simple construction comprises a mesh panel with tempered cabinet doors allowing you to see and access the fire, while keeping your family safe from it.Pleasant Hearth

For the ultimate in safety, you can turn your open fire into an enclosed design by retro fitting a glass frontage to it, so that it will function more like a stove than an open fire. You don’t necessarily need to have something custom built as many of these types of fireguards are designed to be adjustable to fit the opening required. But if you want the best of both worlds, look for a design that comes with doors that can be left open so you can still see the roaring flames once the pets and children are safely out of the way.

Also Consider

Amagabeli Fireplace Screen with Doors Large Flat Guard Fire Screens with Tools Outdoor Metal Decorative Mesh Solid Baby Safe Proof Wrought Iron Fire Place Panels Wood Burning Stove Accessories Black
Central hinged panels, as well as hooks for hanging the included tongs, poker, shovel and brush, make this an elegant, all-in-one solution for keeping your home and family safe.AMAGABELI GARDEN & HOME
Amagabeli 3 Panel Pewter Wrought Iron Fireplace Screen Outdoor Metal Decorative Mesh Cover Solid Baby Safe Proof Fire Place Fence Leaf Design Steel Spark Guard for Fireplace Panels Accessories
With a scrolling vine-style decoration at the top, and a sturdy mesh to prevent sparks damaging your hearth rug, this folding fireguard is designed to fit most domestic rooms.AMAGABELI GARDEN & HOME
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