Already Have a Gas Fireplace?
12 Things You Need to Remember Before Cranking It Up This Season
- If your fireplace has never been used, be sure to clean the unit before using it. Otherwise, dust and other particles from construction can harm the fan and motor.
- Always follow your owner's manual for safety and maintenance instructions.
- Leave doors to the fireplace open during use.
- Never go to sleep with logs burning.
- Don't run gas logs when you are not in the room or not at home.
- Keep small children away from the fireplace, even when not in use. Do not leave children unattended near a burning fire.
- If you have a vented fireplace, be sure the damper is open before burning a fire.
- Have your fireplace serviced annually by a licensed contractor to ensure it is in safe working condition. Be sure that the burner, fan, venting, pilot light and thermostat are inspected.
- If you do not already have one in your home, install a carbon monoxide detector. Anyone with gas appliances should have CO detectors in their home. Remember to change the battery and, if your detector is old, replace it with a new one according to manufacturers' instructions.
- Don't forget that your fireplace takes a while to cool after burning. Do not try to clean the glass when it is hot. - it can crack and cause injury.
- Keep external vents clear of grass clippings, bushes and other materials.
- Remove decorative objects from in front of the fireplace while a fire is burning.