National Fireplace Month: Fire It Up for Fall
With autumn upon us, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) has declared October as National Fireplace Month to bring attention and educate fireplace owners about scheduling annual service and maintenance tasks as temperatures cool down. Although some parts of the country will see the season change before others, inevitably winter is coming. HPBA encourages homeowners to learn more and help promote fireplace safety as we welcome the home heating season.
The luxurious heat and ambiance of a gas fireplace will quickly win you over. HPBA’s recent Hearth Ownership and Market Potential Study shows that:
- More than half of all homeowners (57 percent) have some type of fireplace, stove or insert in their home.
- In the winter, 38 percent of hearth product owners use their fireplace, freestanding stove, fireplace insert or fire pit almost every day.
- 81 percent of hearth product owners love their fireplace, stove or insert.
#FireItUp For Fall
Cooler weather means time to “fire up” the fireplace for the first cozy fire of the season. But after a considerable time being dormant, there are some important precautions and reminders to consider. Like many other products and appliances in a home, fireplaces need to be maintained and operated properly to function safely and perform at their best.
Gas Fireplace Safety Tips
- Have a technician check the gas lines, clean the burner and control compartment as well as check for condensation annually.
- Install a protective screen to reduce the risk of burns by preventing direct contact with hot glass. Request a safety barrier screen from Heat & Glo here.
- Warn those around that the glass could be very hot and supervise children, the aged, infirm or pets when in operation or recently turned off.
- If burning vent-free logs for more than an hour, crack a window open. If using vented logs, clamp your fireplace damper into the open position so it never closes.
- Be alert for unusual odors or flames, which are often a sign that the fireplace is not operating properly.
Whether you are a current fireplace owner or looking to become one this winter, keep these tips in mind to have a safe and warm winter. Check out HPBA.org/FireItUp and Gas Fireplace Safety to learn more.