Gas fireplaces get even safer
Whether it’s to provide heat on cold winter days or to set the mood on romantic spring evenings, a glowing fire creates an appealing home atmosphere during any season. Gas fireplaces are convenient and add real estate value, but recently, more homeowners have become concerned about safety.
The burn risk of glass is one of the primary concerns of homeowners. When a gas fireplace is in use, the glass can get extremely hot. Glass that doesn’t have a barrier can be a hazard – even an accidental split-second touch can result in potentially severe burns. The good news is rules and regulations are changing.
“Over the past few years, there was an overall lack of consistency regarding glass safety, and not all gas fireplace manufacturers followed the same safety standards,” says Peter Dircks, vice president at Heat & Glo. “At the end of 2012, the industry implemented standards around gas fireplace, stove and insert glass safety."
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