Stoves, fireplaces, and inserts are beautiful, functional, and charming additions to any home, but they can also be dangerous when not used and attended to with proper vigilance. When small children are near a fireplace that is in use or has recently been in use and may still be extremely hot, vigilance is especially important. Below are important tips and precautions to ensure your family can safely enjoy your fireplace.
Regardless of the type of stove or fireplace you have installed in your home, it will reach extreme temperatures while in operation. Because of this, not only should you not touch your hearth, but you must keep a safe distance between your fireplace and all flammable materials including furniture, clothing, and drapes.
Use Proper Safety Equipment
Keep your family safe and reduce the risk of burns by utilizing a fireplace safety screen whenever your appliance is in operation. Whether you are using a factory-provided screen or one that you’ve purchased aftermarket, ensure that your screen is in a secure position before igniting your hearth.
Caution is Key
Always proceed with caution when dealing with your stove or fireplace. These appliances retain heat, so even if they have been turned off, they will remain hot for a period of time and can still cause serious burns or fires if they come in contact with skin or flammable materials. Do not touch fireplace or appliance glass, or put flammable materials near your hearth even after it has been shut off.
Gas Fireplace and Insert Glass Safety
How to Protect Your Family
Remember - Fireplaces Become Hot!
Fireplaces provide comfort, warmth, and ambiance – but it’s important to remember that while beautiful, it’s still fire, and should be treated with caution. As part of normal operation, the glass front and surrounding materials will become hot. Keep children and pets at a safe distance at all times.
Use Protective Safety Screens
A protective safety screen will help prevent skin from coming into contact with the hot glass, greatly reducing the risk of serious burns. The screen should not be removed or altered in any way.
Are you looking for more safety information? Visit the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association website, or view the resources listed below.
HPBA Fireplace Safety Video
HPBA Fireplace Safety Brochure
Safety Barrier Screen Request
Are You Missing a Safety Barrier Screen for Your Gas Fireplace or Insert?
Questions? Contact Us. Call 1-888-427-3973 (option #3), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form below to receive your safety screen.
For gas fireplaces and inserts manufactured before January 1st, 2003:
We will provide an ANSI-compliant retrofit safety barrier screen free of charge; you simply pay shipping costs.
For gas fireplaces and inserts manufactured after January 1st, 2003:
We will provide an ANSI-compliant retrofit safety screen for $99 USD, including shipping.