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Holiday Gas Fireplace Safety

Holiday Gas Fireplace Safety

A beautiful, decorated hearth is a Christmas tradition with most families. Here are some things to consider with a gas fireplace, which can ignite nearby combustibles due to the amount of heat they put off.

  • Make sure you have a minimum safety area of two feet around your fireplace.  Keep items like pillows, blankets, drapes, books and holiday decorations away from this area.
  •  Always have a safety screen or fire-resistant hearth guard up, to keep children and obstructions at a safe distance.
  • When decorating your mantle make sure your decorations are fire-resistant. Always remove stockings and any other items hanging from the mantle when a fire is burning.
  • Don’t leave the fireplace on unattended. If you leave your home or go to bed, make sure it’s turned off.
  • Install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.