New gas fireplaces to come with safety screens

December 13, 2012 5:52:27 PM PST
The fireplace industry will announce today that safety screens will now come as standard equipment with new gas fireplaces.

The wire mesh screens will be in addition to the glass fronts on fireplaces. The gas can reach temperatures hot enough to melt skin. The screens will provide an additional barrier between people--especially small children--and the heat in the fireplace.

Today's announcement comes after many cases where children were severely burned after touching hot glass.