Important Dates

  • The revised standard takes effect January 1, 2015.
  • Only compliant units may be manufactured after Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Units manufactured without a barrier before January 1, 2015 can still be sold after standard goes into effect. There is no cutoff for such sales.

The Fine-Print

  • Decorative elements are allowed.
  • The standard applies only to gas fireplaces and glass-fronted gas heaters. It does not apply to solid-fuel burning appliances, such as wood-burning fireplaces and woodstoves.
  • These restrictions are only for the ANSI/CSA Z21.50 and Z21.88 products only.

Installer Requirements

  • Manufacturers must supply a barrier on all glass-fronted gas products with glass surface temperatures that exceed 172 degrees F.
  • Barrier must be in place when the product is installed.
  • Installer must call the client’s attention to the barrier and explain why it is required. Barriers are intended to protect children and other at-risk individuals.
  • If you do not follow the new requirements, you may be the one in jeopardy.