Gas Fireplaces and Safety

gas fireplacesGas fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular. With the flip of a switch you can sit back and enjoy a cozy, warm fire without the mess of real logs or smoke and fumes. Gas fireplaces burn with up to 90% efficiency rating, meaning almost no pollution.

Gas fireplaces are designed to look so similar to a real wood burning fireplace that many people can’t tell the difference. You may not get the nostalgic pop and snap of a real fire, but what you lack in ambiance you gain in extremely clean, versatile warmth and cost-effective convenience. You also have a wide variety of fireplace designs and installation options. You can choose the design that best matches your home and you have an option to install a fireplace in more rooms than ever before.

Gas Fireplace Safety

  • Hire a licensed contractor. This is NOT a do-it-yourself job, working with gas lines requires a professional technician.
  • Ask that your contractor installs and oxygen-depletion sensor. Sometimes called a “safety-pilot” this device will automatically shut off the gas if the temperature gets too cold or there is too much carbon monoxide built up.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your house. Tests show that gas fireplaces do not increase carbon monoxide levels in your home, but you should have detectors installed anytime you use any kind of gas burning appliance.
  • Have you gas log set professionally inspected at least ones a year.
  • Keep your children away from the gas fireplace. If your model has glass doors, they will get hot enough to burn a little hand that leans against it.
  • Keep all household items and flammable objects at least three feet away from your fireplace.
  • Burning gas can deplete the oxygen in your home you should crack open a window to replace the oxygen in your room.
  • Keep your fireplace damper open to allow carbon monoxide to escape.

What Happens During Routine Maintenance

  • Logs and accessories like the glowing “embers” are adjusted and cleaned so they look their best.
  • Fan and air circulation passages are cleaned
  • Glass is cleaned
  • Batteries in the carbon monoxide detector are checked
  • Vents are inspected for obstructions

Contact us at (907) 332-5325 if you smell an unusual odor or the appearance of the flames has changed.

If you smell gas, call 911 IMMEDIATELY and leave the house.