When enjoying your fireplace or insert, it’s important to keep in mind that while beautiful, functional additions to your home, they can also be dangerous when not attended to with proper vigilance. Proper use is especially important when small children are near a fireplace that is in use or has recently been in use and may still be extremely hot, as serious personal injury and property damage can result. Below are important precautions to ensure your family can safely enjoy your hearth.
Keep it Clear
Fireplaces, stoves, and inserts become hot during operation whether they burn gas, pellets, or wood. Keep clothing, furniture, draperies, and other flammable materials a safe distance away.
Secure Safety Barrier
Factory-provided safety screens, aftermarket freestanding screens, and barriers help reduce the risk of serious burns, as they prevent skin from coming into direct contact with hot glass. Ensure a barrier is securely in place before turning on your fireplace.
Fireplaces, stoves, and inserts, and their surrounding material, will remain hot for a period of time even after being turned off. Use caution at all times.
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.
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is committed to educating consumers about the importance of fireplace safety. Please reference the below for more information about fireplace safety and how you can safely enjoy your fireplace. For more information, visit hpba.org/safefireplacetips.
HPBA Fireplace Safety Video
HPBA Fireplace Safety Brochure
Safety Barrier Screen Request
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