Virginia looks at new regs on fireplaces

An advisory group to the ANSI Board of Standards has recommended that gas fireplaces or heaters with glass fronts contain a barrier to protect children or other at-risk individuals. 

The CSA – America Vented Heater Technical Advisory Group met in Cleveland on Dec. 13 and approved the language for a revised standard, which now goes to ANSI committees for review. 

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

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

In 2007, HPBA developed an internationally recognized warning symbol for manufacturers and retailers of gas fireplaces and gas heaters to inform homeowners that glass fronts can become extremely hot due to their high efficiency, and precautions should be taken. 

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