Safety Products for Existing Fireplaces, Stoves and Inserts
While following the Safety Tips can provide an extra margin of safety, there is no substitute for a physical barrier. Consumers with existing fireplaces, stoves or inserts should consider installing a protective screen or physical barrier to reduce the risk of serious burns by preventing direct contact with hot glass. Safety products come in various forms, including:
Attachable safety screens fasten to the front of the fireplace to create an air space between the hot glass and the screen. IMPORTANT NOTE: Aftermarket safety screens that attach to the fireplace, stove or insert could adversely affect the safe operation of your unit. Contact the safety screen manufacturer to verify that the safety screen is approved by the fireplace manufacturer for your product.
- Free-standing safety gates are barriers set up to prevent access.
- Free-standing fireplace safety screens are set back from the fireplace or stove front to prevent direct access.
Safety products for glass-front fireplaces, stoves and inserts are evolving as new technologies and safety tests are developed.
Tips on Purchasing Aftermarket Safety Products
When shopping for aftermarket safety products, keep these tips in mind:
- If you know the manufacturer and model number of your appliance, contact the manufacturer first; they may have a safety device specific to your unit. Click here to locate manufacturer contact information.
- Proper fitting of a safety device is important, so ask an expert. Speak with a hearth specialty retailer in your area. Click here to find a local retailer.
- Install a device that is sturdy and stable so it cannot be removed, pushed or pulled over by a child or pet.