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To safely ignite your gas fireplace, follow this series of easy to remember steps.

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  • Check to be sure the damper is open to your venting. Gas logs give off a great deal of carbon monoxide, so adequate venting is essential. The damper can be partially closed later on to prevent excessive heat loss but, obviously, smoke needs to be drawn up the chimney and out of the house.
  • Start the flow of gas to your fireplace appliance. There is usually a gas supply valve inside the glass doors of the fireplace. This connects the fireplace to the gas line. Turn the valve on or to its open position to admit gas to the fireplace pipe.
  • Check to be sure the pilot light is lit. If it is not, this needs to be corrected first. Generally, there is a knob that has to be turned counter-clockwise to the pilot position. Release the knob. There is also usually a button that you need to press to send gas to the pilot. Press the button for a full minute, or until an igniter sparks a flame. The igniter may have to be clicked several times.
  • Once the pilot has been lit, it will ignite gas sent to the logs. After inserting the key into the keyhole at the front of the fireplace, turn it clockwise. You should be able to hear gas flowing to the fireplace. With either a match or a grill lighter, light the fire. The fireplace may also be equipped with a red ignition button.
  • The safest practice is to turn out the pilot light and stop the flow of gas to the fireplace altogether when it is not in use. This entails shutting the gas supply valve as well, completely stopping the passage of gas into the fireplace pipe.