Gas fireplace safety tips from CSA International

    TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Spending time with family and friends, getting
warm and cozy around the hearth is something many Canadians look forward to
during the colder months. In addition to providing decorative qualities, gas
fireplaces can provide comfortable, economical and supplemental heating for
your living space. However, before using gas fireplaces, it is important to
conduct a routine inspection and maintenance.
    CSA International, a leading provider of product testing and
certification services, offers the following tips to help you prepare your gas
fireplace for the winter season:

    Gas Fireplace Maintenance
    -   Follow the manufacturer's instructions in the owner's manual, or use
        the care guide for maintenance and use of your gas fireplace.
    -   Installation and repair of a fireplace should be done by a qualified
        professional service person.
    -   A fireplace should be inspected before use and checked annually by a
        qualified professional service person.
    -   Control compartments, burners and circulating air passageways of the
        appliance must be kept clean.
    -   Do not store combustible materials, gasoline or other flammable
        vapours and liquids in the vicinity of your fireplace.
    -   Due to high temperatures, the fireplace should be installed out of
        traffic and away from furniture and draperies.
    -   Children and adults should be alerted to the hazards of high surface
        temperatures and should stay away to avoid burns or the possibility
        of clothing catching on fire.
    -   Young children should be carefully supervised when they are in a room
        with a fireplace.
    -   Clothing or other flammable material should not be placed on or near
        the fireplace.
    -   Any safety screen or guard removed for servicing a fireplace must be
        replaced before operating the appliance.
    -   Gas fireplaces with glass doors should not be operated if the glass
        is cracked or broken.
    -   Do not clean your fireplace if it is operational or still hot.
    -   Do not use abrasive cleaners, and always refer to manufacturer's
        instructions when cleaning glass components of your fireplace.
    -   Any home that contains combustion appliances such as a gas fireplace
        should have a CSA-certified carbon monoxide alarm installed according
        to the manufacturer's instructions. If you intend to purchase a new
        carbon monoxide alarm, be sure to look for one bearing the CSA
        Certification Flame mark and CSA 6.19-01 reference mark.

    About CSA International

    CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other
products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA's marks
appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of
CSA Group, which also includes: CSA, a developer of standards and codes;
OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services; and QMI, a leading North
American management systems registrar. CSA International can be found online

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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E:

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