Is your fireplace safe?
January 24, 2017
BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has issued a safety order prohibiting British Columbians from using certain natural gas and propane fireplaces manufactured by Security Fireplaces. There have been two reported incidents in Canada involving these fireplaces due to delayed ignition.
The relief dampers on these appliances may fail to operate as intended which could lead to excess gas being ignited when lighting or re-lighting the fireplace. This could cause the fireplace's glass front to explode.
The Security Fireplaces affected by this warning include the following models:
- DV73 and DV71 Series. (The DV73 and DV71 series were marketed under the trade name Oliver Macleod.)
All of these models bear a CGA and AGA certification mark and were manufactured between 1990 to 1995.
To determine if your fireplace is affected, find the rating plate which contains the model number and serial number. Gas fireplaces have a rating plate in the control compartment area, under the burner or on the firebox side column. Gas inserts have a rating plate in the control compartment area, under the burner or on the side of the firebox.
If your fireplace is affected, do not use the appliance and have a licensed gas contractor immediately disconnect it from the fuel supply. This is required as the manufacturer is no longer in business and no retro fit kit is available. Your fireplace can either remain unused and safely disconnected or you can replace it.
Fireplaces and all gas-fired appliances – including boilers, furnaces, hot water tanks, stoves and dryers – should be inspected and serviced by a licensed gas contractor at least once a year.
For more information about gas appliance safety, visit: http://www.safetyauthority.ca/carbon-monoxide.
About BC Safety Authority
BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, BCSA works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement and research.
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