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Certified Fireplace Barriers Approved for Gas Fireplace Fronts

The CSA America Vented Gasfired Warm Air Heaters Technical Advisory Group met in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 13, 2011, and approved language mandating certified barriers to protect children and other at-risk people from the glass fronts of gas fireplaces. This recommendation for a revised standard now goes to the CSA Z21.50 and Z21.88 committees for their review.

If ultimately approved by the ANSI Board of Standards, the revised standard would mean that a gas fireplace or gas heater must include a certified barrier if the temperature of the glass front can exceed 172 degrees. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) supports this revision and is committed to educating homeowners on safety precautions to be taken when using their fireplaces and other home-heating products.

Jack Goldman, HPBA president and CEO, says, “Safety is our first priority, and we want people to enjoy the warmth and ambience of their fireplaces and stoves, but be reminded that they can get hot. Children are, by nature, curious, and need to be protected from hot surfaces.”

In 2007, the HPBA developed an internationally recognized warning symbol for manufacturers and retailers of gas fireplaces and gas heaters to use to inform homeowners that glass fronts can become extremely hot due to their high efficiency—and that precautions should be taken. The HPBA also recommends that consumers follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe use and maintenance of their heating products. To learn more about HPBA safety guidelines, please visit www.hpba.org/staysafe.

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