Gas fireplaces have become more and more popular in recent years because they eliminate the maintenance required with wood burning fireplaces. With the convenience, there is the unfortunate liability that many gas fireplaces have fixed glass panels that can become dangerously hot, even exceeding 1000 degrees. Even after the gas is turned off, the temperature can be dangerously high for an hour or more. These temperatures can cause very bad burns especially to young children.
New gas appliances manufactured after January 2015 are required to come with mesh safety screens. However there are millions of gas fireplaces which were manufactured prior to 2015 which are not covered by this new law. It is up to the business or homeowner to install a protective barrier. Go to fireplacesafetytips.com for what you need or call Lucky Sully Chimney Sweep, your gas fireplace safety experts.