Last week I posted some tips on choosing fire grates and backs. This week I’m looking at fire guards. If you’re thinking of buying a fire guard this winter, I recommend that you bear the following in mind:
1. What’s the main purpose of the guard?
If it’s to stop crawling babies and toddlers from touching a fire, you’re safest using a proper nursery box grate that you can attach to the wall. However if it’s to protect the room from sparks and falling logs you have more choice. A guard with a mesh screen across it will provide more protection than a guard without a screen. Look for guards fitted with a fine but robust raised steel mesh, to protect against sparks but allow a good view of the fire.