A gas fireplace is an excellent way to supplement your home’s heating system during the winter, but it’s important to use it safely. We’ve put together a list of gas fireplace safety tips to help keep you and your family safe and warm this winter.
Install Carbon-Monoxide Detectors
Gas fireplaces are generally safe, but the biggest threat to your safety is the potential they have to give off carbon monoxide. If you have a gas fireplace, you should install a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home so that you can be alerted if your safety is in jeopardy. Make sure you install and test CO detectors according to the manufacturer’s instructions so that you can be sure they are operating effectively.
Create a Clearance Zone
The heat given off by gas fireplaces can be dangerous if there are flammable items nearby. One of the most important gas fireplace safety precautions you can take is to establish a clearance zone. A clearance zone is a designated space around your fireplace in which it is dangerous to place flammable materials. Avoid placing any wood, paper products, or aerosols within the clearance zone around your gas fireplace, as these sorts of items have the most danger potential.
Don’t Move the Log Set
Gas fireplaces have come a long way, and the log sets and different media choices available make them feel much less artificial, but moving them poses a safety risk. If you adjust the logs or media inside your fireplace you could inadvertently clog an exhaust vent, which could lead to harmful levels of carbon monoxide being released into your home. When it comes to the decorative logs inside your gas fireplace, it’s best to set them and forget them.
Skip the DIY
Anytime you are installing an appliance or fireplace that uses gas, you need to hire a licensed gas fitter to perform the work. It’s not a formality, but rather a matter of safety. Even though gas fireplaces may seem easy to install, you should never attempt to do so yourself unless you are a licensed professional. You should also hire a certified technician to inspect your gas fireplace once a year to make sure it is operating properly. Having your gas fireplace professionally maintained will also increase its lifespan, which means you can enjoy its inviting warmth for years to come.
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