Health Canada warns of dangerous fireplaces

Consumers should stop using certain natural gas and propane fireplaces

Health Canada is warning consumers to stop using certain natural gas and propane fireplaces as there is a risk of the glass exploding, which poses a serious safety risk.

These fireplaces were manufactured by Security Fireplace. Health Canada is issuing a warning to consumers, not a recall notice, because Security Fireplace is no longer in business.

According to Health Canada, there have been two reported incidents involving these fireplaces due to delayed ignition.

“The relief dampers on these products may not work, which could lead to excess gas being ignited when lighting the fireplace,” says Health Canada’s warning. “This could cause the glass front to explode into people’s living space, posing a serious risk to the safety of Canadians.”

Consumers are being advised to stop using natural gas and propane fireplaces manufactured by Security Fireplaces between 1990 and 1994/95.

Affected models are SRGH36, SBGH36, DV73 and DV71 series. The DV73 and DV71 series were marketed under the trade name ‘Oliver Macleod.’ All models bear a CGA and AGA certification mark.

Any affected fireplaces currently in use should have the fuel supply disconnected immediately. Since the manufacturer is no longer in business, there is no retrofit kit available. Consumers should contact a licensed gas technician for disconnection and disposal.

Health Canada says the agency regularly tests consumer products on the Canadian market and will continue to monitor products to help keep consumers safe.