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September: National Preparedness Month 2015

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

(Source: HPBA.org)

With colder weather approaching, now is the best time to prepare and plan for potential emergencies and the unexpected that can occur this winter.

On August 31, 2015, the White House declared September National Preparedness Month in an effort to prepare practical responses before disasters happen. It is important to formulate a plan in advance with your family, friends and community to ensure the proper resources are available to respond, if needed.

For fireplace and stove owners, fall is an exciting time — it means that most fireplaces will soon be used for the first time since last season and loved ones gather around the hearth for warmth and coziness. It is important that fireplace owners take the appropriate precautions to make certain their appliance is ready to be used safely. There are a number of resources to help prepare depending on the type of appliance.

Wood Burning Appliances

A wood burning appliance such as awoodstove, pellet stove or fireplace can serve as a reliable, sustainable and low-cost source of additional heat. Many households employ zone heating to heat a frequently used area of the house to reduce home heating bills as well as have a backup heat source in times of an unexpected power outage.

Natural Gas and Propane-Fueled Appliances

Gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log setsare all available with manual controls, remotes, wall thermostats and remote thermostats. Most offer blowers to help circulate the heat. Gasfireplaces, stove and log sets can provide a unique alternative to existing wood burning stoves or fireplaces. Gas stoves, fireplaces, inserts and log sets can burn either natural gas or propane. It is also important to schedule an annual inspection of your appliance by a technician before each home heating season.

Read more at http://www.hpba.org/consumers/hearth/september-national-preparedness-month-2015

New Safety Standard for Hot Glass-Front Fireplaces Takes Effect

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Industry Urges Supervision and Adding Barriers to Keep Kids Safe

(Covered by ABC’s Good Morning America)

ARLINGTON, VA, January 5, 2015. Starting January 1, 2015, all newly manufactured glass-fronted, gas fireplaces and stoves will include an installed protective barrier if their glass surface temperature exceeds 172 degrees Fahrenheit to protect young children and others from serious burns, according to the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association. This new safety standard requires that the barrier must be in place when the product is installed.

“While gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts are a great asset to any home, the glass can become very hot during operation and stay hot long afterwards, creating a potential burn hazard,” said Jack Goldman, president & CEO of HPBA. “In the past several years, there have been reports of burns involving young children and others who may not been aware of the potential risk of touching the hot glass on gas fireplaces, inserts and stoves. While we believe these incidents are few, even one is too many. We believe the new safety standard will provide greater protection to young children and others with special needs.”

The new standard was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2012. Following more than four years of research and testing by the hearth products industry and discussions with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, this standard is focused on reducing the potential hazard posed by direct contact with hot glass surfaces to at-risk people, especially children.

Products manufactured prior January 1, 2015 may still be sold after that date, even if they do not meet the new standard.  “We expect to see a mix of both older and newer units in stores this year as retailers clear out their inventory. We advise consumers to ask retailers if the unit they are thinking about buying meets the new standard and if not to ask what types of barrier options may be available for a particular unit,” said Goldman.

Consumers Need to Remain Vigilant, Exercise Caution

However, Goldman issued the following warning: “While the new safety screens are important in avoiding direct contact with the hot glass, understanding the potential hazard and offering constant supervision are vital to preventing burns.  It remains important to keep kids and others from touching any surface of any fireplace.”

According to the 2012 Hearth Consumer Survey, nearly 11 million existing households have a gas fireplace with a glass front, and more than half of those households currently are unaware of the risk of burns from touching the glass fronts.

“Owners of gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts  — whether they meet the new safety standard or not — need to take steps to provide an added level of protection for young children and others who don’t understand the risk of touching hot glass,” said Goldman.

Specifically, HPBA advises owners of all gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts that have glass fronts to observe these safety tips:

  • Always supervise children, the aged, infirm and/or pets near an operating gas fireplace, stove or insert – even one that has recently been turned off.
  • Keep the remote control out of the reach of children (if your appliance has one).
  • Install a switch lock to prevent children from turning on the appliance.
  • Make sure family members and guests are aware that the glass and surrounding surfaces on a gas fireplace, stove or insert can be very hot.
  • Wait for the appliance and glass to cool down before allowing anyone to get near it… cool down can take a long time – an hour or more.
  • Always read the owner’s manual and follow instructions.

Safety Screen and Barrier Options for Existing Fireplaces, Stoves or Inserts

“While vigilance and supervision are essential to ensuring a safe environment, there is no substitute for a physical barrier,” advised Goldman.  Consumers with existing gas 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 the glass front.

Safety products come in various forms, including:

  • Attachable safety screens that fasten to the front of the fireplace to create an air space between the glass and the screen. Important note: Prior to installing, homeowners should consult with their hearth specialty retailer to verify that they have the appropriate safety screen, approved by the fireplace manufacturer, for use on their appliance, as aftermarket safety screens could negatively affect the safe operation of the appliance.
  • Free-standing safety screens and gates are barriers set up to prevent access.  Free-standing fireplace screens and barriers are set back from the fireplace or stove front to prevent direct access.

For an informative video and downloadable images of attachable screens, free-standing safety screens and gates, as well as more detailed information on the issue, and downloadable safety tips, visit www.SafeFireplaceTips.com.

 

 

Original Article can be found here

Home Investments

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

When you think about the perfect fireplace for your home, what do you see?

Gas Fireplace

Fuel Efficient - Back up heat!

Do you see a traditional fireplace perfectly situated in the main living room, surrounded by authentic stone and finished with a beautiful mantel? Or, do you see a chic, linear fireplace with a ribbon flame dancing through crystals in the Master bedroom? Whatever your dream fireplace looks like, it’s a fact that new technology, materials and ideas mean that you’re limited only by your imagination – here’s a look at some of the latest trends in fireplace design and innovation.

Fireplaces in every room.
Fireplaces are no longer just for living rooms. It’s common for homeowners to have fireplaces in their bedrooms and even to their bathrooms, where smaller models like the Heat & Glo Soho bring a spa-like quality to the room. Kitchens are another place where fireplaces are showing up more often, recalling the kitchen’s traditional place as the hearth and heart of the home. And don’t forget the backyard! New advances in fireplace technology allow you to choose from a range of fireplaces that look just like those found indoors, but are completely safe and weatherproof for outdoor use. Take for example the Heat & Glo Carolina. This beautiful fireplace is the perfect focal point for an outdoor living room.

Modern Fireplace

Outdoor fireplace

Outdoor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireplaces as a focal point.
Today’s modern style fireplaces with stylized flames surrounded by colored glass and shiny metal are worlds away from the traditional brick fireplaces of the past. Modern fireplace designs like the Heat & Glo Solaris are pushing boundaries with radical ideas that incorporate both function and beauty. Contemporary-style fireplaces rebel by being installed higher up on the wall, making them a glowing, glimmering work of art that “comes to life” with the flip of a switch.

Regency Modern

A work of art!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a start to what is available. The hearth industry has created a mix of warmth, fire, art and fuel efficiency that many never dreamed of years ago.

It’s not just an old wood fireplace any more. . . . .

 

much of this content borrowed from HEAT-N-GLOW!

Gas, Wood or Pellet Fireplaces

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Which is right for me?  

wood stoves Wilmington Delaware

Regency Wood Stove

The answer might depend first on what your objective is in purchasing a new appliance, and second, on which installation options are open to you and your comfort level in regard to costs.

If your objective is to save the absolute most on fuel costs going forward, then wood is best option to explore.  Burning stick fire wood is by far the least expensive annual heating cost here in Delaware. But it is also the fuel that you are most “closely engaged with” as someone once cleverly verbalized.  For my money, spending $200 a cord in the spring for wood cut to size, split and delivered is a great bargain. But you still need to season, stack, store and tote. Plus you must tend the fire and handle the ashes. Keeping the home fires burning might be too time intensive for some families although a ten hour burn time is not uncommon with some new larger E.P.A.  clean-burn wood stoves.

pellet stoves Middletown Delaware

Regency Pellet Stove

If your schedule does not allow for tending a wood stove or you want a more even heat output all day, you might consider a pellet appliance. Pellet fuel is readily available, needs no seasoning and can be stored outside if kept dry (usually comes double bagged in plastic). The heat output of a pellet stove is regulated by the pounds of pellet per hour allowed from the hopper to the burner system. Most pellet stoves have hoppers large enough to provide fuel for 24 hours or more and can utilize a thermostat or room sensor to regulate heat output. Pellet venting systems do not require a traditional chimney and can terminate either on a side wall or above the roofline.

The downside is that pellet appliances require a steady supply of electricity to run their motors, blowers and electronics…which require more service than a simple wood stove. Still, one can realize a lot of savings in operational costs over other fuel options plus the fuel is home-grown and eco-friendly. This technology just keeps on improving.

gas fireplaces Delaware

Mendota Gas Fireplace

 

 

Want finger tip control? Instant on-Instant off? No Fuss-No-Mess plus a pleasing flame presentation? With a gas line, the fuel is delivered, hands-off, to the appliance and this may be the very best option for users with limited mobility or for very busy mobile lifestyles not suited to biofuels.

Heater rated gas fired appliances have a lot to offer including fuel costs savings when used for zone heating. Heat the area where you spend most of your time. Stop heating under utilized areas 24-7 and save on heating bills!

Gas stoves, fireplaces and fireplace inserts usually require no hearth or floor protection and can install inches to a wall so they intrude less into a room. Gas venting systems can terminate vertically or horizontally through a side wall. Venting systems for gas appliances are subject to less exhaust heat and are inexpensive to install compared to other heating systems. Vent free gas appliances are NOT intended to be used as heating appliances. Select a vented appliance if you are using it more than a few hours at a time.

Whether, wood, pellet or gas, each above option has codes and safety regulations relating to installations and venting requirements. Be sure to review your alternative heating options with a hearth specialist or other professional and ask for an on-site inspection (ask about fees). Unless you have a newly constructed home with a blueprint plan there are many variables to be considered for most installations. You want to be sure that your selection can be safely installed and will operate as the manufacturer intended. Question “free installations” or fixed quotes from any installer who is not familiar with your home. Ask about the materials to be used. Professionals do not quote costs without first evaluating the situation and explaining any options. Expect no less from your hearth installer.