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Safety Tips for Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces match the elegance of wood fireplace to some extent, quick and efficient heating and clean fuel.  Gas logs are fairly simple to use if you adhere to the following safety tips.

Installation

Only trained personnel should with correct knowledge and/or adequate training should install the gas fireplace.  The smooth functioning should be tested before commissioning.  Be aware not to touch the glass screens of the gas fireplace as they are prone to get hot.  Installation of a secondary screen will be good for households with children, pets and elderly people.

Cleaning

Despite being a clean fuel, gas heaters can also build up dust, debris and burnt up fuel.  It is therefore important to have a service schedule, atleast once a year.  Carbon monoxide testing should be done once a year.

Meddling With Log Fire

Pebbles and logs are strategically placed in gas log so that they do not interfere with the combustion efficiency.  Do not attempt to interfere with the logs.  Gas fireplaces look and behave like open fire, but the efficiency and safety can be compromised if you attempt to meddle with the arrangement.  The flames are for visual effect only and not for burning things.

Free Flow Of Air

Air circulation is important to keep the air pressure from building up to alarming levels and to ensure safety.  The vents and grilles are designed in such a way to allow air circulation.  Blocking air circulation will affect the quality of air inside.  The vents should also be cleaned frequently and free of blockage.

Taking Proper Care To Ensure Safety

Neglecting safety aspects or even a little amount of negligence can often turn hazardous.  Do not place clothes near heaters or dryers.  Any kind of combustible products should be kept away from the glass screen, even when cold.

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