Having a gas fireplace provides you with a way to stay cozy on cool nights without having to deal with firewood. While gas fireplaces are more convenient to use than wood-burning ones, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing so safely. Keep the following gas fireplace safety tips in mind.
CHECK YOUR CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Since gas fireplaces use natural gas, there’s a risk of having carbon monoxide leak into your home. Having carbon monoxide detectors in your apartment means that you’ll be instantly alerted if this does happen. Just make sure that your detectors are in good condition and able to work properly. Remember to change the batteries once a year, or get in touch with management at your apartment to let them know that your detector needs new batteries.
DON’T TOUCH THE SCREEN OR GLASS
When your gas fireplace is on, the protective screen or glass in front of it gets very hot. Avoid touching it while you have a fire going. If you have pets or children around, make sure that they’re unable to get close enough to the screen or glass to touch it. This helps prevent burns from occurring.
REPORT PROBLEMS PROMPTLY
If you experience any problems with your gas fireplace, such as if it won’t turn on, make sure that management knows. This helps ensure that you have your fireplace checked and repaired as needed. If your fireplace isn’t working correctly, don’t use it until it’s been fixed.
KEEP CONTROLS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS
If you have a remote control for your gas fireplace, keep it out of reach of children and pets who might accidentally step on it or decide to play with it. If your gas fireplace uses a switch, consider putting up a gate to prevent children from going near it and turning it on.
KEEP FLAMMABLE ITEMS AWAY
Gas fireplaces release high amounts of heat, so make sure that you don’t have anything flammable close to yours. You should have at least two feet of space clear around your fireplace.
Select floor plans in our community include a gas fireplace, along with several other amenities. Please contact us today to learn more about our available apartments in Centennial, CO.