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It’s Getting Cold Outside – Gas Fire Place Safety

October 25th, 2013  |  Insurance

The end of October is a common time of the year for homeowners to switch on the furnace for the first time. It is also that time of the year when homeowners want to start using their fireplace. With more and more people switching over to gas fireplaces these days, it is important that you understand the safety concerns associated with this type of fireplace.

The following gas fireplace safety tips will keep your home warm and your family safe this winter season:

  1. Have your fireplace inspected before turning it on for the first time.
  2. Thoroughly clean the area around the fireplace before you turn it on. Dust often builds up and could cause issues.
  3. Read the owner’s manual and make sure you understand how to properly operate your gas furnace.
  4. Make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed within close proximity to the gas fireplace.
  5. Keep flammable items away from the front of the fireplace. Things could catch on fire if they heat up.
  6. Keep children and pets away from the gas fireplace. The surface area around it is very hot and could cause a burn.
  7. Make sure that you keep up with regular maintenance to keep your fire place running efficiently
  8. If you suspect something is not working correctly, turn off the gas fireplace immediately and call a professional in to take a look.

Have you made the switch to a gas fireplace? If yes, what do you like about it most?

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