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Child Safety

Gas Fireplace Safety

​​​​​​​​Did you know?

  • The glass on your gas fireplace heats up to over 200 °C (400 °F) in 6 minutes and stays hot for up to 45 minutes after the fireplace is turned off.
  • It takes less than 1 second for the hot glass to cause a serious burn.
  • Toddlers and young children are most at risk of being burned.
  • The hands are the most commonly burned body part.
  • Many burns caused by touching the glass barrier on a gas fireplace can be serious enough to need surgery and cause long-term problems.

What can I do to keep my child safe?

Use a barrier with your gas fireplace.

Barriers prevent direct contact with the glass. There are 3 types of barriers:

  1. Attachable safety screens
    • Fasten to the front of the fireplace to create an air space between the hot glass and the screen.
    • All gas fireplaces sold after January 1, 2015 must come with a safety screen.
    • If your gas fireplace was bought or installed between 2001 and 2014, you may be eligible for a free attachable safety screen. For more information contact Crawford Class Action Services toll-free information line: 1-877-739-8933 or visit their website at Crawford Class Action Services before June 6, 2016.
    • Safety screens are not “one size fits all”. They must be made or approved by the manufacturer of your fireplace.
  2. Free standing safety gates
    • Wrap around the gas fireplace, including the hearth. Attach to the wall on both sides of the fireplace.
  3. Free standing fireplace screens
    • These are set back from the fireplace glass and placed on the fireplace hearth. They are moveable and don’t attach to the fireplace or wall.

Supervise your child

Ne​ver leave your young child alone near a burning gas fireplace. Restaurants, hotels, and other homes may not have safety barriers around their gas fireplaces so make sure you’re always close to your child when you visit.

Current as of: July 10, 2015

Author: Injury Prevention and Safety, Alberta Health Services