Gas Log Safety Tips
Gas logs are a great addition to any fireplace. They provide flame at the touch of a button and are a cleaner, more accessible alternative to conventional firewood. As with any heating appliance in your home, there are some safety considerations to keep in mind when operating your gas logs. If you currently own or are considering converting to gas logs in Atlanta, Georgia, follow these gas log safety tips.
1 – Choose Vented or Vent-Free Gas Logs Based On Your Chimney
Knowing whether you need vented or vent-free gas logs for your home is important. Vented gas logs require a chimney or flue, and vent-free gas logs do not require a chimney or flue to operate. The experts at The Mad Hatter can discuss your options with you and help guide your decision depending on your style of chimney and fireplace.
2 – Hire Professionals to Install Your Gas Logs
Gas and electrical wires should only be handled by trained professionals. Installing gas logs incorrectly can result in carbon monoxide or gas leaking into your home. The professional technicians at The Mad Hatter are experts at installing gas logs or converting your traditional wood-burning fireplace to gas logs. Gas log installation service is available for any gas logs purchased through The Mad Hatter for an additional fee.
3 – Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, poisonous gas that can be lethal to humans and pets. Be sure to have at least one carbon monoxide detector in the room with your gas logs. Some smoke detectors may double as carbon monoxide detectors, so double-check yours to see if that is the case. Set a reminder to test your detectors twice a year to ensure they function correctly.
4 – Never Burn Food or Other Substances In Your Gas Log Set
One of the benefits of gas logs is that they offer a clean burn. Burning foreign objects over your gas logs can compromise this clean burn. If an object melts over your burner, the burner can become clogged and reduce air circulation and provide inefficient heating and burning. Gas logs are NOT made for burning wood, marshmallows, or doing any other type of cooking. They are for display only!
5 – Keep Objects At Least 3 Feet Away
It’s a good idea to keep objects at least 3 feet away from your gas logs, including flammable things like furniture, paper materials, and fabrics. Electronics should also be kept away from gas logs as the heat can damage the appliance. If you are considering mounting a TV, choose a wall not directly above your gas logs.
6 – Keep Children Away
It’s normal to want to gather around your gas logs for warmth, but be sure that your children enjoy them safely. Never leave children unattended in a room with lit gas logs. Consider arranging the furniture so that you and your children are safe from the flame while still enjoying the heat. This is an excellent opportunity to talk with your children about the importance of fire safety.
7 – Call 911 If You Smell Gas
You should not be able to smell gas when you operate your gas logs. If you do smell gas, there is likely a gas leak. Leave home and call 911 if this is the case.
8 – Schedule Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspections with The Mad Hatter
An annual inspection of your gas logs, chimney, and fireplace will help ensure you can enjoy your gas logs when you want. During an inspection, our certified chimney professionals will inspect your gas valves, pilot light, gas lines, connections, fireplace, and chimney for damage. Failure to inspect and clean your gas logs can result in them malfunctioning over time.