Fireplace and Stove Glass Safety Guidelines
It’s easy to love the warmth and glow of your fireplace. How could you not? Flames dancing, gentle, flickering light, and heat to warm you when you need it most. As with any appliance that generates heat, caution needs to be exercised. All Napoleon Gas Fireplaces, Gas Stoves and Gas Inserts manufactured after January 1st, 2015 come equipped with a safety screen barrier.
Here at Napoleon Fireplaces we take safety of our products very serious, manufacturing to the highest standards to provide you safe operational units. However, by their nature fireplaces and stove output heat which if not treated with respect and without following the tips below, can be dangerous. The glass surfaces, doors and surrounds can reach temperatures that exceed 200* °C (400° F) within minutes of ignition and can take at least 30 minutes to cool after being turned off. Please exercise caution when around an operating fireplace, stove, or insert. The new standard safety screen barrier is there to prevent severe burns from direct contact with the heated glass fronts, but still gets hot as well.
- Always keep your fireplace safety screen barrier on the fireplace when it is in operation.
- Ensure that you wait at least 30 minutes after turning off your fireplace, insert, or stove, before touching it for any reason. The surfaces retain heat.
- Exercise cautions around the fireplace, even pilot lights generate heat; just because your fireplace is not on, does not mean it isn’t warm.
- Make sure that visitors know about your fireplace so they can exercise the same caution.
- Always monitor children and the infirm around your fireplace. It is advised to have additional barriers, like baby gates around the fireplace if the unit is a heat source for the house. This ensures that the children cannot get near the fireplace.
- Once they are of an age where they can understand, speak with your children about fireplace and stove safety.
- A switch lock, or controls that are out of reach is recommended so that children cannot operate the fireplace if alone.
- Always read and follow the manufacturers instructions regarding safe operation and upkeep of your fireplace, insert, or stove.
- As the homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of those in your home. Please follow the suggestions above.
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For additional information on Safety Barriers, or additional safety equipment, please speak with your local fireplace dealer. You can find your local dealer here.
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