Potential Dangers Associated With Glass Fireplaces

New safety alert suggests glass fireplaces may be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.
1:29 | 01/02/15

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There's a new safety warning this morning about a type of fireplace found in millions of homes. Could be dangerous for you and your family. But there is a simple change that could help protect everyone. And here is ABC's bazi kanani. Reporter: The potential danger just inches from this little girl. The type of gas fireplace behind her with an unprotected glass cover is in 11 million U.S. Homes. And hundreds of kids get burned each year. When the fire comes on, the glass gets hot quickly. The other thing to keep in mind, the glass remains hot for up to an hour. Reporter: A warning from the fireplace industry. But it's not just a reminder to supervise kids and pets around glass-front fireplaces. There's a change coming. As of January 1st, new regulations require a protective barrier, like this mesh one, on all new gas fireplaces. The idea is to make it impossible to touch the glass underneath it. Reporter: But you don't need a new fireplace to protect your family. Homeowners can get a mesh barrier installed, or a sturdy gate if have to do hers around. Others may want something easier to move. I'm a grandfather, this is something I can easily put up against the fireplace. Reporter: Simple solutions to keep the winter days warm and safe. For "Good morning America," bazi kanani, ABC news, Washington.

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