There are a number of reasons people choose electric fireplaces instead of conventional ones. In some cases, homes are designed so that traditional fireplaces can’t be installed. In other situations, homeowners are not allowed to have actual fireplaces due to codes in their condominium complexes or apartment buildings. No matter why you’ve chosen an electric style for your space, following proper safety measures is important!
There is a common misconception that real fireplaces are more dangerous than electric models. In reality, neither type is likely to harm you or loved ones if you use it properly and do all necessary maintenance. Over the course of this guide, you will discover some tips that you can use to keep everyone in your family safe around your fireplace all autumn and winter long.
Keep a clear space in front of the fireplace.
Even though electric fireplaces don’t have real flames, they can get very hot. Due to this, you should keep other items, such as blankets, soft furnishings, toys, and electronics, at least three feet away from the fireplace. This provides enough clearance that nothing should catch on fire. Although the aforementioned three feet is generally plenty of room, make sure to read your fireplace manual to see if it has additional recommendations.
Don’t touch the fireplace “flames.”
Generally, electric fireplaces have screens where faux flames appear when it is turned on. These flames can look extremely realistic and, in some cases, people are tempted to touch the screens to see just how hot they are. The answer is “very hot”! You shouldn’t touch the flames yourself and you should make sure your children know to avoid touching the fireplaces as well. Even though electric fireplace flames aren’t real, they can still lead to fairly serious burns.
Have your home’s electric system inspected.
If you are thinking about investing in a new electric fireplace or if it has been a while since you last used your unit, it’s a good idea to have your home’s electric system inspected. This way, you can feel confident that your outlets and wiring are all in working order. If there do happen to be any issues, a certified electrician will be able to do the necessary repairs before you start running your electric fireplace on a regular basis.
Only use the fireplace indoors.
While it can be tempting to install an electric fireplace outdoors, like on a patio or a deck, it is essential to use most styles indoors only! If you want to put a fireplace in an exterior space, make sure you purchase a model that was specifically engineered for outside usage. You may also want to look into a firepit instead of a fireplace.
If you want to buy a new electric fireplace, the Morrill Electric crew can help you every step of the way, from selecting the right unit to installing it for you. If you already have a fireplace in your home, a Morrill Electric expert can perform a thorough inspection to make sure you and your family are safe. Contact us today to schedule whatever services you need at this time.