Specifically, HPBA advises owners of gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts that have glass fronts to observe these safety tips:
- Always supervise children, the aged, infirm or pets near an operating gas fireplace, stove or insert – or one that has recently been turned off.
- Keep the remote control out of the reach of children (if your appliance has one).
- Install a switch lock to prevent children from turning on the appliance.
- Make sure family members and guests are aware that the glass on a gas fireplace, stove or insert can be very hot.
- Wait for the appliance and glass to cool down before allowing anyone to get near it, noting that the cool down can take a long time – an hour or more.
- Be aware that metal surfaces, such as door frames and grilles, may also get hot.
- Always read the owner's manual and follow instructions.
Safety Screens or Barriers for Existing Fireplaces, Stoves or Inserts
"While safety tips provide an extra margin of safety, there are no substitutes for supervision and a physical barrier," advised Goldman. Consumers with existing gas fireplaces, stoves or inserts should consider installing a protective screen or physical barrier to reduce the risk of serious burns by preventing direct contact with the glass front. Safety products come in various forms, including:
- Attachable safety screens that fasten to the front of the fireplace to create an air space between the glass and the screen. Important note: Prior to installing, homeowners should consult with their hearth specialty retailer to verify that they have the appropriate safety screen, approved by the fireplace manufacturer, for use on their appliance as aftermarket safety screens could adversely affect the safe operation of the appliance.
- Free-standing safety screens and gates are barriers set up to prevent access. Free-standing fireplace screens and barriers are set back from the fireplace or stove front to prevent direct access.
New Safety Standard for Gas Fireplaces"For the past year, the fireplace industry has been working to develop a new safety standard for gas fireplaces to prevent serious, irreversible burns from hot glass. The CPSC has been monitoring the process," said Goldman. All gas-fired, certified fireplaces manufactured after January 1, 2015 will include a safety screen or protective barrier that must be installed. According to HPBA, more than five million households reported using protective barriers for their existing glass-fronted gas fireplaces. Rigorous testing will ensure these safety screens and barriers are effective in preventing serious, irreversible burns. For more detailed information, downloadable safety tips and images depicting barrier options, visit www.SafeFireplaceTips.com. About Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, VA, is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of hearth, barbecue and patio appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education. There are more than 2,500 members in the HPBA. SOURCE The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association