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New safety standards for fireplaces, stoves

To protect children and others from serious burns, newly manufactured glass-front gas fireplaces and stoves now must include installed protective barriers if their glass-surface temperatures exceed 172 degrees, the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association says.

This new safety standard, which took effect Jan. 1, requires that the barriers be in place when the products are installed.

The requirement was approved by the American National Standards Institute in 2012 and is focused on reducing the potential hazard posed by direct contact with hot glass surfaces to at-risk people, especially children.

Products manufactured before Jan. 1 still may be sold even if they do not meet the new standard, as retailers clear out the older inventory, the association said.

The trade group recommends that consumers ask retailers whether the units they are thinking about buying meet the new standard and, if they do not, to ask which types of barrier options may be available.

Organize your garage

Global Garage Flooring and Design offers a few suggestions for putting your car’s house in order:

Consider freestanding shelving units. They’re efficient when organizing a garage – good for storing hardware and gardening tools.

Rubber tote bins are perfect for storing anything, whether it’s Halloween and Christmas decorations or items you can’t fit inside your closets, basement or attic. They’re extremely convenient.

Lighting is often overlooked, but one reason garages become disorganized is there is not enough of it. With the right lighting, you will easily be able to find what you are looking for.

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