A photo of a crackling fire sends an important message about fireplace safety

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Oct 3, 2016

It was rainy and cool in New England during the weekend, so my friend Barbara decided to use
her fireplace. She shared a photo of her cozy living room with flames licking at the fireplace logs Barbara's Fireplace.jpg

with all of her Facebook friends, including me.


The detail that drew my attention the most was the metal screen in front of the fire, there to stop sparks from flying into the room. I was pleased to see that Barbara was not only practicing fire safety, but sharing that important message with  countless others.


The 2016 edition of the Educational Messages Desk Reference states the following about fireplaces:


Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place. Gas fireplace doors can reach excessive temperatures (1300 degrees Fahrenheit). Serious burn injuries from hot glass can happen in less than one second. Install screen barriers.


NFPA’s educational messages are used throughout NFPA’s educational programs, curricula, and handouts.

The Desk Reference provides messaging on 19 topics that fire and life safety educators can use to provide

the public with accurate and consistent language when offering safety information to the public.


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