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Glass-Fronted Gas Fireplace Burns: An Under Recognized Winter Risk to Children
Michael Gittelman, MD, FAAP
(February 4, 2019)

The warm glow and dancing flames of a fireplace on a chilly winter day can be irresistible -especially to a curious toddler. That proved to be the case for a 3-year-old patient, who was recently rushed to our emergency department by his mother.

The boy’s hand was badly burned after touching the glass door of the family’s gas fireplace. His mother explained that she was making dinner when she heard him scream.

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