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Each year, millions of people enjoy the warmth, comfort and utility of modern fireplaces. Today, many gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts have glass fronts to enhance the beauty of the fire. While gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts are a great asset to any home, glass fronts can become extremely hot during and even long after operation. Therefore, it’s important to remember, touching the hot glass front can lead to serious burns. Below is information that will allow you to continue to enjoy the many benefits of your gas fireplace, stove or insert while providing an added level of safety against burns.


Safety Tips When Operating Your Appliance

To minimize the chance of burns from hot glass, follow these safety tips:


Safety Products for Existing Fireplaces, Stoves and Inserts

While following the safety tips can provide an extra margin of safety consumers with existing fireplaces, stoves or inserts should consider installing a protective screen or physical barrier to further reduce the risk of serious burns by preventing direct contact with hot glass. This is especially important for homes where children and at risk individuals are present. Safety products come in various forms, including:

Fireplace and Safety Glass


IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all screens are designed for safety and may be decorative only. Majestic recommends using an attached, certified safety screen when available.


Fireplace and Safety GlassSafety products for glass-front fireplaces, stoves and inserts are evolving as new technologies and safety tests are developed. All gas-fired, certified fireplaces manufactured after January 1, 2015 will be required to have an installed safety screen. Rigorous testing will ensure these safety screens are effective in preventing serious burns.


Vermont Castings offers this non-certified safety gate, a barrier set up to prevent access.


Tips on Purchasing Aftermarket Safety Products

When shopping for aftermarket safety products, keep these tips in mind:


More Information
For a handy checklist of steps to take to ensure your family’s safety, download this Gas Fireplace, Stove and Insert Safety Checklist published by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association: HPBA Safety Checklist