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Safety barriers for gas fireplaces help prevent burn injuries

Starting this New Year’s Day, protective barriers around gas-powered fireplaces and fireplace heaters won’t just be a good idea. They will be a requirement. New federal regulations will take effect that day with the aim of preventing severe burns, especially for young children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the surfaces on the front of gas fireplaces and fireplace heaters that vent to the outside are 500° to 1,000° F when lit. Toddlers and children in a home with an unshielded fireplace are risk of serious injury. CPSC data indicate that more than 3,000 children age 5 and ... Read More

The holiday season sees increase in emergency room visits for fourth consecutive year, CPSC offers tips

While holiday decorating can be an entertaining activity for family and friends alike during the Christmas season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns Americans that there was an estimated 15,000 injuries seen in emergency departments during the months of November and December 2012 involving decorating for the holidays. Unfortunately, this estimate has increased each year for the now fourth consecutive year. In each year since 2009, there have been at least 12,000 incidents reported involving an emergency department visit. Some events including falling off a ladder or stepping on a broken ornament may appear harmless to us in ... Read More