We love our fireplaces. In addition to being the centerpieces of ambiance in our homes, they warm our toes and our hearts too. But remember that one of their central functions is to produce fire and heat, so safety is of utmost importance.

If your home has a gas fireplace, read on for some important safety tips. And after familiarizing yourself with them, show you care by sharing this blog with your family and loved ones. It could make all the difference.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, poisonous gas that can be deadly. For safety reasons, every home should have at least one CO detector located in rooms near gas appliances, including fireplaces. On a related note, your home should also have smoke detectors. Be sure to check and replace the batteries or they won’t work!

Annual Inspections

Have a licensed gas technician or hearth dealer inspect your gas fireplace annually. He or she will check the gas lines, clean the burner and control compartment, and check for condensation. This is an important yearly appointment that shouldn’t be delayed.  You can always call our Service Department at 510-237-2300 or visit our Creative Energy Service & Repair Page to schedule your Fireplace inspection.

Direct Vent

When choosing a gas fireplace, opt for a direct vented model. They have sealed combustion systems protect indoor air quality by drawing air from outside the home for the fire, while expelling 100 percent of combustion exhaust and by-products outside the home. In contrast, unvented gas fireplaces (a.k.a. vent-free or ventless) are open systems that compromise indoor air quality by drawing oxygen for the fire from inside the home, while expelling exhaust, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and moisture) into the home. All of our Avalon Fireplace products ARE direct vented and are safe to use as room heaters.

We all know the inevitable – chilly fall breezes will be here before we know it. So keep these important things in mind to keep your family safe and your fireplace operating efficiently. More information about gas fireplace safety is available here.