Gas fireplaces are easy to use and can set the ambiance of the room - or the night. All it takes is following a few safety steps you can enjoy your fireplace for years.
Professional installation by a qualified technician is essential to the proper performance and safety of a hearth product and its venting system. Unlike a malfunctioning refrigerator, a gas fireplace that doesn't do its job properly can have serious - and even fatal - consequences.
Gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts also require routine maintenance and service to ensure their in proper working order. The best person to perform the service is a technician who is trained in the maintenance of gas fireplaces and their venting systems. BEFORE lighting the first fire of the season, there are a few important safety tips to remember.
- Have a technician check the gas lines, clean the burner, control compartment, fan and related air circulation passages, as well as check for condensation annually.
- Ensure the vents are unobstructed and able to do their job.
- Check the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector.
- Clean the glass and adjust the glowing embers and logs for best appearance.
- Be alert for unusual odors or flames, which are often a sign that the fireplace is not operating properly.
- Make family members and guests aware that the glass panel of a gas fireplace, stove, or insert can be very hot. Installing a safety screen or safety barrier is recommended to reduce the risk of serious burns by preventing direct contact with hot glass.