Portable Fireplace Safety

There is nothing like sitting by an open fire on a cold night. Indoor and outdoor portable ethanol burning fireplaces have become more popular in recent years. While these products provide ambiance and a little warmth, keep in mind the fuel, device and open flame can be dangerous.


Portable Fireplace Safety

A portable ethanol burning fireplace, and the fuel, should only be used by adults.

  • Clean up any fuel spillage and be sure all liquid has evaporated before lighting the fireplace.
  • Light the fireplace using a utility lighter or long match.
  • An adult should always be present when a portable fireplace is burning.
  • Place the fireplace on a sturdy surface away from table edges.
  • It’s a good idea to crack a window open for a fresh supply of air.
  • Never try to move a lit fireplace or one that is still hot.
  • Don’t pour ethanol fuel in a device that is lit or not completely cool. It may result in a fire or injury.
  • Allow the device to cool down for at least 15 minutes before refueling.
  • Extinguish the flame when you leave the room, home or go to sleep.

       Video: Here are a few tips to stay safe around portable fireplaces.

General Fire Safety

       • Keep anything that can burn, children and pets at least 3 feet from the fireplace.

       • Store lighters and matches out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.


        Ethanol is a plant-based product that does not release new carbon monoxide

        into the air.

Ethanol Fuel Smarts

  • Store ethanol fuel in a closed container, away from the fireplace and out of the reach of children. It may not be easy to see the ethanol fuel flame.
  • Always close the lid or use a snuffer to be sure the flame is extinguished before refueling into a cooled fireplace.
  • Use only fuel made specifically for the fireplace.
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