Gas Fireplace Safety

Gas Fireplace Safety


Gas fireplaces in the home provide warmth and a cozy ambiance. But regular service by a professional is critical. Follow these tips to keep your gas fireplace running properly, and your family safe.

  • All gas-fired fireplaces should be inspected and serviced by a licensed gas contractor at least once a year, or according to the manufacturer’s certified instructions.
     
  • All work that involves a gas-fired appliance is regulated and therefore must be done by a qualified individual in good standing. Currently, this would be a holder of a class A or B gasfitter license, or a Gas Appliance Service Certificate of Qualification from Technical Safety BC. All work must be performed under the appropriate permits where required.
     
  • Gas fireplaces can produce carbon monoxide. It is recommended that Canadian-approved carbon monoxide (CO) detectors be installed wherever fuel-burning equipment is. CO detectors should be installed and tested as per manufacturer instructions. We recommend at least one detector for each floor, with detectors placed as close as possible to bedrooms or sleeping areas.
     
  • Never reposition logs in your gas fireplace. This is a task that should only be done by a qualified gas contractors due to the risk of covering up vents which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
     
  • Fall is the busiest time to get fireplaces serviced. Try scheduling annual maintenance services for your building in the off season to beat the rush.

If you are concerned about an unsafe condition (hazard), unpermitted work, or have experienced a safety incident related to a gas fireplace, please report it to Technical Safety BC.

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