Glass Front Fireplace Safety – New Safety Standards

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  • The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), with involvement by the trade group Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), developed a new safety standard, which took effect January 2, 2015. It is a voluntary standard at it requires all new gas burning fireplaces be sold with a screen safety barrier and education about the risk of glass fronted gas fireplaces. 

  • Retrofitting of previously installed fireplaces is necessary to curtail and prevent these injuries from occurring.

    • The new standards will not cover the > 10,000,000 glass fronted gas fireplaces in existence. As these fireplaces have a life span of 10-15 years, many injuries will be unmitigated.
  • The awareness of the general public regarding the excessively high temperatures of the glass fronts is necessary as many of these injuries occur in public places, such as hotels and resorts.
    • The new standards calling for increased safety messaging in the instruction manuals will only serve to inform the primary owners of the fireplace. 9
    • Many of these injuries occur in public places, not the owner’s own home. Safety messaging needs to be more far reaching.10

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