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Fire Prevention Week: How to Keep Your Family Safe If a Fire Breaks Out In Your Home

Your family’s safety is a top priority to The Hearth & Patio Shoppe, which is why it is so important to us to promote the best fire safety practices that you can take to keep your home and family from the dangers of accidental fires. To achieve this, we work with the [National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to observe and promote Fire Prevention Week during the second week of every October. The message of this year’s campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” We would like to focus on the “learn” part of this message by telling you more about how to create an escape plan from your home with your family. These tips are essential in saving your family’s lives in case of an accidental fire occurring in your home.

Make a plan to safely escape your home.fire safety

According to the NFPA, only one out of three American families have actually made and/or practiced a home escape plan. It is fairly simple to create a plan for your family. To begin, sketch a map of your home that shows every window and door in each room. You should get input from everyone in your family so that you can be sure that everything is included in your map.

Find at least two exits from every room.

Sit down with your whole family, and designate two exits from each room on the map. Typically, your exits will be a door and a window. Check to see that all doors and windows can be easily opened before you make those exits official.

Pick a place outside of your home for your family to meet after escaping.

You should decide on a location that is far enough away from your home where your family will gather once they have exited your home. Some suggestions for this meeting place include the mailbox, a tree, or a light pole on the street in front of your house.

Be sure to practice this escape plan with everyone in your family.

The Hearth & Patio Shoppe recommends practicing your escape plan at least twice a year to make sure everyone knows exactly what to do in the case of an accidental fire. According to the NFPA, you should run these practice drills during the day and at night. If you have younger children, you may need to practice more often to be sure they understand what to do if they hear the sound of the smoke alarm.

By following these instructions of creating a home escape plan, you are taking crucial steps to ensure the safety of the entire family. If you would like to learn more about Fire Prevention Week, contact us at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe for more information.

Fireplace Accessories Make All the Difference

Although it may seem like the summer has just ended, the holiday season is right around the corner, and it is time to start getting your home ready for hosting and entertaining your friends andFireplace Accessories - Opelika AL - Hearth & Patio Shoppe family. The fireplace is always a popular spot for guests to gather around, but your hearth area looks so outdated and plain that you have been thinking about canceling your usual holiday parties this year. If you are not happy with how your fireplace looks but you do not have the budget to update to a new model, The Hearth & Patio Shoppe can help you with our wide variety of fireplace accessories that can make all the difference in the appearance of your hearth and home. We would like to tell you which accessories we think can make the most impact so you can get your fireplace ready for the holidays without having to spend a lot of money or time decorating and arranging a lot of extras.


If you feel like your fireplace needs a major facelift, you may want to consider having a set of glass fireplace doors professionally installed by The Hearth & Patio Shoppe in front of your fireplace opening. Whether your tastes are simple and classic or eclectic and contemporary, we can show you the different styles we carry from trusted companies like Stoll Industries and Design Specialties. Not only can glass fireplace doors give your hearth a completely new and updated look, but they also serve a couple of important functions. You will be making your fireplace a much safer place, especially if you have children and/or pets. Glass doors keep curious kids, dogs, and cats from being able to get too close to the flames, and they also protect your home from sparks and embers jumping out of the fireplace and starting an accidental fire.


This fireplace accessory also can be decorative by giving beauty as well as protective by adding security to an old fireplace. Available in many different options in materials, styles, and textures, a new fireplace screen can transform the look of the entire room. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe can help you find the best screen, no matter if you need it for safety or aesthetics or both. If you have kids, we recommend installing a screen, even if you have glass fireplace doors as they can become very hot and may burn your child’s fingers if he touched the doors. A screen can keep him safe and give you peace of mind.


Fireplace tool sets have come a long way over the years. It used to be hard to find a set that had any sort of style at all, but now you have so many choices, including in materials like the traditional wrought iron and the more modern stainless steel. Once you have decided on how you want your toolset to look, you will need to make sure the set includes a poker, tongs, and a shovel. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe also sells individual fireplace tools if your set is missing one or if you would like to mix and match your toolset.

You will find these and many more types of fireplace accessories at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe. Contact us to make an appointment in our exclusive showroom to check them out.