Health Canada has issued a consumer product notice

Health Canada warns of certain dangerous gas and propane fireplaces

Consumers are advised to check the model number of their gas and propane Security Fireplace products due to a safety risk.

Health Canada is warning consumers of certain natural gas and propane fireplaces manufactured by Security Fireplace that pose safety risks to owners.

The warning was issued Jan. 12 and states that two reported incidents involving these fireplaces had delayed ignition issues.

The relief dampers on these products may not work, which could lead to excess gas being ignited when lighting the fireplace.

It appears this can cause the glass front to explode into people’s living space. As the manufacturer is no longer in business there is also no retrofit available.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using these 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. Health Canada recommends owners contact a licensed gas technician for disconnection and disposal.

Report health or safety concerns:

If you experience a health or safety problem with any product that you use, report it to Health Canada and to the manufacturer or the retailer where it was bought.