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
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