No matter how pleasing to the eye something may be, safety should always be the first concern. Gas logs are beautiful, and allow for a very convenient fire in your home whether you use a ventless fireplace or an ordinary, masonry vented fireplace. As anything fire-related, there are many precautions you should be aware of, and take measure of when using vented and unvented gas logs. The manual you receive when you purchase gas logs should be kept and referenced as often as you need questions to be answered. It contains information of utmost benefit to you, and it needs to be read before you set up to begin using your gas logs. Being equipped with this information is highly important for a safe, and pleasant experience.
Children should be monitored exceptionally close if they are going to be near the fireplace while it is in use. They should be educated as early as possible on the dangers that lie in getting too close, or playing carelessly nearby. Clothing and toys can ignite, and result in death and injury; both incredible hampers to enjoying the fire.
Gas logs are definitely safe. They have actually be used for decades, and they are well known for not being dangerous. When used properly, and consciously, you will not need to be concerned about fires or unsafe breathing conditions. However, they do involve the use of natural gas, and as well they produce extraordinarily hot fires, so if not done properly, you could have a world of trouble on your hands. Gas logs are made with oxygen depletion sensors, and monitors for safe air quality, and detectors for the presence of gas in the air. They should be installed following the appropriate regional codes that apply. In some cases there are none, and the code ANSI Z223.1/ NFPA 54 should be followed. Should you smell gas, it is advised that you contact your gas supplier. They will have the appropriate steps you need to adhere to for a safe environment. If you cannot reach them, call the fire department. In the meantime, do not turn on any electrical items, activate any switches, or use any phones indoors. Exit immediately, and use a neighbor’s, or someone else’s phone to contact emergency personnel.
Gas logs made by the superior Rasmussen company, and other such products are designed for being used exclusively in vented fireplaces, and ventless fireplaces. Certain types of vent-free fireplaces are not compatible with gas logs, so if you own one of these, read the manual carefully to see whether or not it can tolerate them. Some types of unvented fireplace will have warnings on them that state they have not been tested for compatibility with using gas logs. This is a chance not worth testing because there is no backup information as to what kind of consequences you may face. Of course, there could be no negative situation, however it is not a chance worth taking.
Storing flammable liquids or items near the fireplace is also a really bad idea. This includes items with flammable vapors, as they are also capable of igniting. Loose items of clothing, blankets, curtains, drapes, furniture, or rugs are recommended to be kept within a measurable distance from any fireplace, vent free or vented, as they can easily ignite and start a fire.
If your fireplace is a vented type, for the safest conditions it is necessary to have it cleaned professionally at least once a year. Soot, residual matter, creosote, debris, and chipped paint are all very common in fireplaces, especially after continuous use during the cold months. Before autumn it is best to have them cleaned, and prepped well for the impending season.
Fireplaces are priceless ways to enjoy the warmth of fire, and by following a few safety precautions, your experiences can be incredibly rewarding. Enjoy!