11 Essential Gas Fireplace Safety Tips

6 Minutes  |  March 15th, 2023

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Gas fireplace safety is important to consider as the warmth of a fireplace brings family and friends together year-round. It’s important to remember that fireplaces can reach extreme temperatures.

We have compiled a list that covers the 11 essential gas fireplace safety tips and how this information will reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

Indoor Gas Fireplaces

1. Check for a Safety Screen Barrier

As of 2013, All gas fireplaces now include a protective safety barrier screen and suitable safety accessories. Every front, trim, and surround has a barrier screen installed directly into the frame. The barrier screen has a fine mesh design that provides protection from the glass panel and efficient, radiant heat to everyone in the room.

A gas fireplace safety screen creates a barrier between the glass and outside objects.

Fireplace safety screen barrier

2. Keep Children and Pets at a Distance

It’s important to exercise caution when small children or pets are around gas fireplaces, as they can be susceptible to accidental contact burns.

Make sure that young children are carefully supervised when they are close to the gas fireplace. To prevent access to the fireplace, consider installing an adjustable safety gate that keeps kids and pets away from hot surfaces.

3. Leave 3 Feet Between the Gas Fireplace and Flammable Objects

Be sure to keep any furniture, curtains, or other items at least three feet away from the fireplace. Never sit directly in front of the hot glass, and make sure no fabric or other materials touch the fireplace.

Always keep the fireplace clear and free from combustible materials, gasoline, and other flammable vapors and liquids.

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4. Schedule a Yearly Inspection

To ensure the safe and efficient operation of your gas fireplace, it is crucial to have your fireplace inspected regularly by a qualified professional. By doing so, you can maximize the service life of your fireplace and enjoy the cozy warmth it provides with peace of mind.

5. Hire an Authorized Dealer when Installing your Gas Fireplace

In order to ensure a qualified installation and aftermarket service, you should always have your gas fireplace installed by an authorized dealer or installer. Authorized dealers will make owning and servicing your gas fireplace as easy as possible.

Visit one of our Valor Dealers to get your Valor Fireplace professionally installed.

Fireplace safety dealer

6. Operational Safety Features

Gas fireplaces include many safety-related features; for example, some gas fireplaces have a pilot light that will automatically turn off if your fireplace has not been used for a period of time. This feature is ideal if your fireplace is not used during warmer spring and summer months.

Some gas fireplaces offer turndown features. If your fireplace flame height hasn’t changed and you haven’t used your remote for several hours, your control system automatically turns your fireplace down to pilot. This feature saves on energy costs and will ensure a safer home environment.

7. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

At the time of installation of a Vented gas fireplace, the installer or gas fitter shall observe that a hard-wired carbon monoxide detector with an alarm and battery backup is installed on the floor level where any gas equipment has been installed. For additional details, see the Carbon Monoxide Detector requirements in your fireplace installation manual.

8. Read the Safety Instruction Manual

Please Read Your Owners Manual and follow all instructions and warnings. Ensure that all fireplace users are aware of all features of the control system. Replacement manuals may be ordered through your authorized dealer or by visiting the Owner and Installation Manual section of our website.

Outdoor Gas Fireplaces

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9. Install in a Weatherproof Enclosure

An outdoor gas fireplace should be installed in a weatherproof enclosure with the minimum required overhang. This helps prevent corrosion and helps keeps the heat contained. For details on the required overhang, please refer to your fireplace manual.

Fireplace Safety Family

10. Don’t Leave your Fireplace Unattended

Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor gas fireplace, it is strongly recommended not to leave the appliance unattended for extended periods. If your fireplace flame height hasn’t changed and you haven’t used your remote for 8 hours, your remote control system automatically turns your fireplace down to pilot.

11. Decommission During the Off-Season

During the off-season, it’s wise to take safety precautions to ensure the proper care of your outdoor gas fireplace. Start by turning off the gas supply valve and removing the batteries from their designated slot. Furthermore, to shield the unit from harsh weather conditions, drape a weatherproof covering over the front surface of the fireplace, helping to maintain its pristine appearance. Adhering to these recommendations guarantees the secure and correct preservation of your outdoor gas heating feature.

In conclusion, the 11 essential gas fireplace safety tips listed above will give customers a sense of safety, peace of mind, and comfort when handling an indoor or outdoor gas fireplace.

For Additional safety information related to Gas Fireplaces Safety, please read our FAQ section below or download our Gas Fireplace Safety Checklist at the bottom of our Safety Section

For a broader understanding of gas fireplaces explore our Ultimate Guide to Gas Fireplaces.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make sure my gas fireplace is safe?

Answer: If you own a gas fireplace in your home It is important to keep in mind the following safety precautions.
1. Check for a safety screen barrier
2. Keep children and pets at a distance
3. Leave 3 feet between the gas fireplace and flammable objects
4. Schedule a yearly inspection
5. Hire an authorized dealer when installing your gas fireplace
6. Install a carbon monoxide detector
7. Read the safety instruction manual
8. Don't leave your fireplace unattended
9. For outdoor fireplaces, install in a weatherproof enclosure

What not to do with a gas fireplace?

Answer: Flammable objects should be kept away from a gas fireplace whether it is on or off. Furniture, decor, and other objects should be at least three feet clear from the front of the fireplace.

Is it safe to sleep with a gas fireplace on?

Answer: It is not safe to leave a gas fireplace on overnight or while sleeping. It is recommended to only leave a gas fireplace on for a few hours at a time.

Do gas fireplaces take oxygen out of the air?

Answer: Oxygen can be taken out of the air when burning gas appliances inside your home. Open a window to replace the lost oxygen or ask your installer about oxygen-depletion sensors.