New Safety Standard for New Glass Front Fireplaces
Starting January 1, 2015, all newly manufactured glass-fronted, gas appliances - that means fireplaces and heaters - will require a protective barrier if their glass surface temperature exceeds 172 degrees Farenheit. This safety standard requires that the barrier must be in place when the product is installed.
This new standard follows more than four years of research, testing and discussions on how best to reduce the potential hazard posed by hot glass surfaces to at-risk people, especially children. By attaching a barrier to the glass front, contact with hot surfaces becomes less likely.