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Fireplace makers to add screens to prevent severe toddler burns

To stave off regulation and lawsuits over severe burns to toddlers, manufacturers will provide protective screens as standard equipment with new gas fireplaces. The industry has revised its voluntary guidelines to call for the addition of mesh screens to be attached to new fireplaces. The aim is to prevent contact with the scorching glass fronts, which get hot enough to melt skin.... Read more»

Solar still in firewood’s shadow for heating Az homes

Only 1,620 Arizona homes rely on solar energy installations to provide heating, ranking sun-soaked Arizona seventh in the nation for homes with solar heating. ... Read more»

Fireplace industry resists regulation over child burns

Consumer groups and anguished parents are urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to impose federal safety regulations for fireplace glass, but the fireplace industry, which up to now has policed itself, is resisting. ... Read more»

As the weather gets cooler, burn fireplaces safely

Although colder weather is tempting many Tucsonans to get toasty around their fireplace, Pima County warns the comforting source of warmth can hurt your health.... Read more»