Safety Tips for Ventless Gas Fireplace Inserts
If you own a ventless gas fireplace inserts, here are some safety tips for you on its safe use and operation. A ventless gas fireplace insert is a type of fireplace insert that does not rely on the installation of pipes or vents in order to operate. This type of fireplace insert simply goes into an existing fireplace in the home and uses the chimney as its vent. This saves you on the additional installation costs associated with putting a hole in the side or roof of your home in order to install the vents necessary to hook up your fireplace insert.
The safety tips for a ventless gas fireplace insert are the same type of tips for most other types of gas appliances. These tips include properly shutting off the gas valve after operation, keeping combustible material like clothing away from the flames and never using am accelerant to start a fire in the fireplace. Most of these safety tips are common sense and the types of information that you learned in elementary school when it comes to being around fire. Nonetheless this article points out these tips and other suggestions in order for your remain vigilant and stay safe when operating your ventless gas fireplace insert.
Safety Tip #1: Properly Shutting Off the Gas Valve
The number 1 safety tip regarding the ventless gas fireplace insert is making sure that the gas valve is properly shutoff after operation. An open gas valve will result in a leak in the room and could lead to a potentially volatile situation for you and the household members. If a leak of gas is detected or noticed (by the presence of a sulfur smell that is added by the gas company since natural gas is odorless), you should evacuate the home and call on a representative from the gas company to come in and check to see if the problem is a widespread problem throughout the home.
Safety Tip #2: Keeping Combustible Material Away from Flames
During the operation of the ventless gas fireplace insert make sure to keep any materials that are combustible or flammable away from the fire. This include paper products, clothing a well as dangerous and volatile materials that should never be near the fireplace such as oil or lighter fluid. When combustible or flammable materials come into contact with the flame, an explosion or other catastrophe may ensue. This can be avoided by always being aware of the relationship between the flame in the fireplace and the materials that can cause a problem in the fireplace.
Safety Tip #3: Never Use a Non-approved Accelerant to Start a Fire
Under no circumstances should you use a non-approved accelerant to start or maintain a fire in the fireplace. Most all ventless gas fireplace inserts work with a pilot flame that ignites the fire when gas is introduced. There should never be a situation when a fire starter such a lighter fluid or another flammable liquid should be used in this or any other type of fireplace.