The industry buckled. In December 2012, the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, the industry group that oversees fireplace makers, announced that it would implement a new voluntary standard: By 2015, companies must provide protective screens with each glass-encased fireplace.

Signe Whelan recovers from burns to her hands from a fireplace screen, an injury common enough to inspire industry-wide changes.
Courtesy of Sean Whelan
Signe Whelan recovers from burns to her hands from a fireplace screen, an injury common enough to inspire industry-wide changes.

By then, Signe Whelan will be in first grade, still growing into her hands.

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