Now that most of us have seen the last of winter.  It is May now, right? It is time to turn off the fireplace for the summer.  Sure the flames are out but a lot of the units with gas log also have a pilot light.  You know for that instant mood setting  fireplace. 

Why not leave it on? You probably did last year right.  The reason I suggest turning it off for the summer season is you most likely will not use it till next winter.  so for 6 – 9 months that little pilot light will be burning and giving off moist corrosive vapor.  This vapor can cause premature corrosion and deterioration of the firebox chimney.  Additionally, the pilot light area will get very hot and small hands could find it too tempting.  So lights out till next snow fall.