Your fireplace is an important part of your home. Not only is it a great way to heat your home, but it’s also a focal point and a great place to gather with friends and family. But do you know how to safely use your gas fireplace in your St Louis Park home? We have a few tips on how to make sure you and your family and friends stay safe while enjoying the warmth and comfort that a fire can bring.
Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Although studies show that a gas fireplace will not increase the carbon monoxide levels in your home, a carbon monoxide detector is essential if you have any appliances in your home that use gas. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas, and it can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness and more. It can even lead to death if someone is exposed to it for too long.
A carbon monoxide detector will alert you and the other occupants of your home if the levels of the gas are too high. That way, you can safely evacuate your home and call for help before anyone gets hurt. Be sure to change the detector’s batteries at least twice a year and make sure it is close to the bedroom area of your home. It should not be placed within 15 feet of a heating or cooking appliance. You can expect your carbon monoxide detector to last about five years before it needs to be replaced.
Hire Professional Installers
When you want a gas fireplace installed in your home, this is not a do-it-yourself project. You need professionals, like the ones at All Seasons Fireplace, to handle the installation process. We know how to safely install a gas fireplace, and we are experienced professionals so we know how to take care of the installation without putting anyone’s safety at risk.
Keep Away from the Glass
If your gas fireplace has a glass front, be sure to keep your children and others away from the glass. It will get pretty hot, and you don’t want anyone to get hurt. This is a good way to teach your children the rules of fireplace safety. They should learn at an early age that, while fires can be fun and enjoyable, they are also dangerous and everyone should be mindful around them.
Keep an Eye Out for Problems
Make sure you take a look at your gas fireplace every so often. Check for any obvious signs of damage. And if you see anything that concerns you, give us a call and we can come out and make any necessary repairs. Manufacturers are required to provide screens for all fireplaces manufactured in 2015 and after.
Have your fireplace serviced once a year. All Seasons offers a tune-up that includes a safety check.
Are you interested in having a gas fireplace installed in your St Louis Park home? Call All Seasons Fireplace at 952-546-6162 or you can contact us to Schedule a Consultation.