Hearth rugs are more than just a design accessory for your living room or family room. They can be a lifesaver, too. Anyone who has seen sparks from a crackling log in wood burning fireplaces, know that they can suddenly leap from a fireplace and cause damage to carpeting and even start a fire.
Hearth rugs are small area rugs that are often treated with a fire-resistant conditioner to prevent them from catching fire if a stray spark lands on them. Hearth rugs are typically shaped like a semi-circle and are meant to lie directly in front of your fireplace opening, though some people prefer small rectangular hearth rugs instead.
Wool and Olefin Hearth Rugs
Wool and olefin/polyester are the most common fibers used in hearth rugs. Olefin rugs are especially suitable, since they will char slightly but not ignite when a spark touches them.
Shoppers looking for hearth rugs should keep two things in mind:
- Avoid rugs with fringes or tassels, which can be a fire hazard.
- Some products sold as hearth rugs have no fire-resistant properties - they are simply called hearth rugs because of their shape and size. Be sure to ask your dealer what the rug is made of, and whether it is suitable for use near a fireplace.
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