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Some gas fireplaces have been sold that are designed to be used without venting, on the argument that they aren't producing more CO/CO2 than a gas oven would. I've never been convinced that I believe the argument, and would definitely recommend installing a combined CO/gas alarm as a basic safety precaution; compared to the cost of the gas fireplace, they're ...


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Well you and the dogs aren't dead, so that's a good sign. I wouldn't keep doing it, though. Venting carbon monoxide into your living space isn't great for your health.


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If they are not dead, and you are not dead, none of you got poisoned enough to matter. Just don't do that again. Buy a carbon monoxide detector (or two, or three), and put a note on the fireplace reminding you to open the flue.



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