Safety begins even before you install your fireplace. There are a number of different styles and types fireplaces on the market, some are not considered as safe as others. As an example, ventless or vent free gas fireplaces are not approved in Canada, and have limited approval in the United States. Where and how you install your fireplace could also be a safety issue if not done correctly. Installation of the firebox and or vent system to close to the wood studs or other combustible materials could pose a fire hazard.
Here is short list of safety issues you should be aware of. Before you operate your fireplace for the first time, have it inspected and carefully read the owners manual. Clean away any dust or debris that may have accumulated during construction i.e. wood chips or drywall dust may harm the motor, burners or the fan. Make sure your fire detector is operating properly and also consider installing a carbon monoxide detector near your fireplace.
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