Each year, millions of people enjoy the warmth, comfort and utility of modern fireplaces. Today, many gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts have glass fronts to enhance the beauty of the fire. While gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts are a great asset to any home, glass fronts can become extremely hot during and even long after operation. Therefore, it’s important to remember, touching the hot glass front can lead to serious, irreversible burns. Below is information that will allow you to continue to enjoy the many benefits of your gas fireplace, stove or insert while providing an added level of safety against burns.
Starting January 1, 2015, all newly manufactured glass-fronted, gas appliances – that means fireplaces and heaters – will require a protective barrier if their glass surface temperature exceeds 172 degrees Farenheit. This safety standard requires that the barrier must be in place when the product is installed.
This new standard follows more than four years of research, testing and discussions on how best to reduce the potential hazard posed by hot glass surfaces to at-risk people, especially children. By attaching a barrier to the glass front, contact with hot surfaces becomes less likely.
To minimize the chance of burns from hot glass, follow these safety tips: