Gas fireplace initiative to protect children from burns

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, the fireplace industry is reminding homeowners that have a glass fronted gas fireplace that the glass can get very hot when the fireplace is on or even when cooling down and precautions should be taken.

If a family has young children, or visiting grandchildren, there are safety measures that should be taken to prevent burns from touching the glass.

  1.  Attachable Safety Screens: Check with the fireplace manufacturer to see if the fireplace has a screen available that that attaches to front of the fireplace and covers the glass
  2. Fireplace Safety Gates:  Like a baby gate, a fireplace gate around the fireplace will prevent young children from getting near the fireplace.
  3. Fireplace Screen:  Similar to a screen in front of a wood-burning fireplace to prevent sparks, a fireplace screen in front of the glass of a gas fireplace will prevent little hands from touching the glass.

Homeowners are also reminded to always supervise children when a fireplace is burning – whether it is a gas, wood-burning or pellet-burning fireplace or stove.  If the gas fireplace has a remote control, be sure to put it in a place where children can’t reach for it and, for extra precaution, put a screen or barrier around the fireplace.