Portable ethanol fireplaces have increased in popularity because they don’t release toxic fumes and are generally safe and easy to use. However, if handled poorly, a portable fireplace can cause serious personal injuries, possible fire damage to homes, or even a major house fire.
Here are some essential tips on how to safely operate portable fireplaces:
- Children should never be allowed to handle the device and/or fuel. When lit, children and pets should be kept at a safe distance from the fireplace.
- The portable device should be placed on a sturdy surface and flammable objects must be kept at least 4 feet away.
- Only ethanol fuel made specifically for portable fireplaces should ever be used. Unlike common alcohols, approved bioethanol emits non-toxic gasses when burned.
- Before lighting the fireplace, any fuel spillage should be cleaned up and all liquid must be allowed to fully evaporate.
- To reduce the risk of injury, the fire should only be started using long matches or a utility lighter.
- The fireplace must never be refuelled while it’s lit. The device should be allowed to cool down for at least 15 minutes before refueling.
- The device must be allowed to cool down after use and must never be moved while it is burning or hot.
- A lit fireplace must never be left unsupervised. The flames should always be put out before going to sleep, exiting the room or leaving the house.
Following a basic set of rules such as these will help homeowners enjoy their fireplaces more and feel safer around them.