Boise Gas Fireplace Safety Tips​


Regular maintenance on your Boise area gas fireplace is the first step.The yellow flames that are so attractive in a gas fireplace are also part of the danger. Unlike blue flames which tend to indicate that the fuel is burning thoroughly, yellow flames produce visible light and those ahh-inducing effects, but also produce carbon and soot. If your gas fireplace goes unchecked and not serviced, this carbon build up could result in incomplete combustion, plugged orifices, plugged pilot assemblies, delayed combustion or “booming” when you turn on the fireplace, flame “popping” upon fireplace extinction and weak drafting of flue gases. Give your family the peace of mind of knowing a professional is doing regular annual maintenance on your fireplace.

Beyond recommending annual professional servicing, we’ve added some additional safety tips for you:

  • Keep the pilot clean and make sure the flames light quickly when you turn the gas on.
  • Make sure the flame damper is open. If your fireplace is a log burning conversion to gas then a damper lock should be tightly in place to ensure the damper remains open at all times.
  • Do an inspection of the rooftop flue stack termination.
  • Check for gas leakage at all gas connections in and around the gas fireplace, control valve, piping, pilot assembly and pilot tubing.
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly. Check the batteries and replace them regularly.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher installed so that you are prepared in case of emergency.
  • Keep children away from the fireplace, the glass can get very hot and may cause a burn if touched.
  • Your fireplace should be quiet and odor free.