ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) today announced an industry-wide safety initiative to protect young children, at-risk individuals and pets from burns resulting from touching glass fronts on gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts when in operation or cooling down. The initiative includes a consumer safety education campaign and a mandatory safety standard for new gas fireplaces manufactured after January 1, 2015. According to the 2012 Hearth Consumer Survey, nearly 11 million households have a gas fireplace with a glass front, and more than half of those households currently are unaware of the risk of burns from touching the glass fronts. "While gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts are a great asset to any home, the glass can become extremely hot during operation and stay hot long afterwards, creating a potential burn hazard," said Jack Goldman, president & CEO of HPBA. "In the past several years, there have been reports of burns involving young children and others who may not been aware of the potential risk of burns by touching the hot glass and surrounding panels on gas fireplaces, inserts and stoves. And, though we believe these incidents are few and rare, even one is too many." HPBA and its members have united to protect their customers and families from potential burns from glass-front fireplaces, stoves and inserts. The industry is mounting a consumer safety education program to raise awareness of the potential of burns from hot glass, creating downloadable materials, and developing mandatory safety standards for glass front fireplaces. Consumer Safety Education Program and Safety Tips "The industry already has begun educating and working with media and safety groups, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), to make sure that owners of gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts know that they need to take steps to provide an added level of protection for young children and others who don't understand the risk of touching hot glass," said Goldman.