September is National Preparedness Month, reminding us to be ready.
Every year at this time, we’re reminded to be prepared. Sponsored by FEMA, September is National Preparedness Month is about taking steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses and schools.
You’ve been there: it’s winter, the power went out, and you have no way of knowing how long it will be before it’s restored. It’s an inconvenience for sure, but after a few hours it can also become a serious situation.
Be Ready to Use Your Fireplace or Insert!
Many times, no power means no heat – and it can get cold in a hurry. With a little preparation, you can be ready this year. How you prepare will depend on what kind of hearth product you have.
- Gas fireplaces and inserts with intermittent pilot ignition: If it was manufactured recently, it likely has an intermittent pilot ignition system, which requires electricity to spark the pilot flame each time it’s used. Many Heat & Glo models are outfitted with IntelliFire or IntelliFire Plus, which have battery backup systems for lighting the pilot during a power outage. You just need to make sure to have the right size batteries on hand! Generally, IntelliFire systems require two D cell batteries, and IntelliFire Plus systems require four AA batteries. Consult your owner’s manual to make sure you get the right size batteries, and also for step-by-step instructions.
- Gas fireplaces and inserts with standing pilot: If your fireplace has a standing pilot, no electricity is required to light the flame, so it should light itself fine during a power outage. If the pilot light is out and you need to light it manually, consult your owner’s manual.
Keep in mind that batteries should be used only in the event of a power outage, as battery longevity can be affected by the temperature of the appliance. So, remove the batteries from your hearth product when you’re not using them during a power outage.
When it’s cold outside and there’s a power outage, we love and appreciate our hearth products more than ever. Be prepared and stay warm this winter!