Warm comfort without burning injuries
Gas fireplaces are an increasingly popular option in Melbourne, with the newfound ability to have the dramatic, hypnotic visual effect of a wood fireplace, without the mess, splinters, the bugs, the constant spark burns to your hands, and the hassle of actually getting more wood for your heater! With Melbourne often experiencing four seasons in one day it’s immediate heat without the fuss!
Clear It and Screen It!
The first safety tip for gas fireplaces in Melbourne is the most obvious ... make sure there are no flammable materials close by that could be blown onto the flames or the hot glass, and screen off the area so that people can't accidentally fall into the fire.
If you choose a gas fireplace for Melbourne home heating, it can be tempting to just leave the heater on while you pop out to the shops or have a nap. Resist the temptation - an unsupervised fireplace is a ticking time bomb, even if it is covered with glass it will be very hot.
Maintenance for your gas fireplace in Melbourne is a critical aspect of ownership. Some maintenance tasks can be performed without professional assistance, but you may need help to check and adjust the millivolt output of your gas fireplace and to check the entire system for potentially dangerous obstructions.
Make sure you clean the glass regularly yourself; having clear vision into your gas fireplace in Melbourne help ensure that you can spot problems before they become a safety hazard.
Choose a Gas Fireplace With Flue
Having an attached flue will help prevent condensation problems and direct burnt gases out of the house.
Have an Extinguisher Handy
If you have a fireplace, you should have a fire extinguisher right near it, as well as a second extinguisher in another part of the house which can be accessed if you discover a fire after it has become quite large.
Don't Use Your Gas Fireplace As An Incinerator
Don't burn paper, cardboard, trash or anything else in your gas fireplace. This could cause floating sparks that may travel throughout the house.
Consider a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Accidents happen, parts wear out, gas fireplaces in Melbourne do age ... and with that occurrence comes the risk of carbon monoxide leaks (only possible from gas appliances). The gas is odourless, colourless and mostly tasteless, but will kill you if it replaces just 0.1% of the oxygen bound to your red blood cells. A carbon monoxide alarm is a worthwhile investment for anyone with a gas appliance in the home!