If you have one of these
and one of these in your house,
you need to hear about a new way to protect the safety of you and your family.
Starting on January 1, 2015, all new gas fireplaces, and fireplace heaters that vent to the outside, will come with a protective barrier. This barrier will be there to prevent your child and others from coming into direct contact with the glass front of the fireplace.
Why should you care?
You should care because the glass fronts of fireplaces can reach 500° F or even 1,000° F, and children and others can be badly burned by touching the glass.
Severe burns can happen in seconds.
Numerous young children have been burned this way. You can prevent this from happening to your child.
Protective barriers will be standard on new gas fireplaces starting on January 1. Make sure to use the barrier.
If you already have a fireplace, buy a protective retrofit barrier to protect your little ones from being burned. Barriers can include attachable safety screens, safety gates and fireplace safety screens like you see below. If you choose an attachable safety screen, check with your fireplace manufacturer to get the right one for your fireplace. You can buy safety screen barriers at fireplace retailers and hardware stores and purchase safety gates at big box and/or baby product stores.
In addition to the safety barrier, make sure to supervise young children around the fireplace.
We want to thank the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), which chaired the voluntary standards committee that developed the new ANSI industry standards requiring barriers. We also want to recognize Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson, who petitioned CPSC and sparked movement on the voluntary standards to address gas fireplace-related burns to children, and also recognize the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for sharing information with CPSC about the terrible burn injuries children have suffered by touching hot fireplace glass.
The HPBA and AAP have more safety information on their websites. Check them out.