Are electric fireplaces safe

Are Electric Fireplaces Safe To Use In Home?

A house without a good heating system is not complete particularly if you are living in an extremely cold area like Alaska, Montana, or New York. A quality heater will not only warm you in winter but also help us to fight against deadly cold diseases like Hypothermia, Frostbite, Trench Foot, Chilblains, and Common Cold and Flue. In the past, woods are used to burn in the fireplace or stove which was the only source of the fire at that time. Warm from live fire is very good for health but they produce smoke and toxic gases. Thus, they are not safe to use inside your residence. For this reason, modern scientists have come up with the idea of an electric fireplace that is more compact and user-friendly. The first electric fireplace was introduced back in 1912 which was very first used in the theater as a prop. The old models of electric fireplaces had a lot of limitations; they were expensive, hard to install and the flames were not at all realistic. This is quite normal with the first inventions of any product. With the passes of time, this appliance upgraded tremendously. Now you may find freestanding electric fireplace models as well as wall-mounted electric fireplace models that can be hung on a wall which was pretty much rare in the past. Manufacturers continue to flood the market, especially during the winter season. The popularity of an electric fireplace has grown at very high rates. If you had used a wood fireplace in the past, you may think that is an electric fireplace safe to use in the home? 

Today we will discuss electric fireplace safety issues in detail.

Are Electric Fireplace Safe to Use?

These worries come due to the risk that the wood or gas fireplaces pose. So, many people assume that the same safety issues are as well associated with electric fireplaces. But, frankly speaking, they are very safe and easy to use.

To start with, the flames on the electric fireplace are just an illusion that is created with the combination of light bulbs, LED screens, and some mechanical devices that create the sound of cracking and burning wood it gives the fireplace some realism. Therefore, unlike the gas or wood fireplace, there you have to deal with real fire. There are some special types of heating elements that are used to generate heatwave artificially and a fan is used to distribute the heat all around.

Secondly, the electric fireplaces produce heat through the electric heater, unlike the gas fireplaces that burn fossil fuel that produces carbon monoxide and other toxic gases. Although these toxic residual gases are always vented to the outside in a wood or gas fireplace through a pipe, if licking takes place in a venting pipe, it could be risky to your family. On the other hand, an electric fireplace is clean and they don’t have to deal with such emissions of toxic gases.

Thirdly, an electric fireplace doesn’t need air (oxygen supply) to produce heat like a pellet stove or gas stove. Lack of air supply in a wood-burning stove or fireplace may increase the production of toxic gases, smoke, and creosote.

Lastly, some gas fireplaces or traditional fireplaces do not have glass between the flame and people. This means it is hazardous and you could get hurt by these flames. The fire on the electric fireplace is just an illusion and cannot harm anyone.

Other Questions Regarding Safety Issue of Electric Fireplace

Is it Safe to Leave an Electric Fireplace Overnight?

Many users of electric fireplaces commonly ask this question if they can leave their electric fireplace turn “ON” overnight? The answer to this is “Yes”. you can leave your electric fireplace overnight but it is not a good practice. Our expert recommends the users of the electric fireplace to turn it off if they are not in the home or the temperature of the house is fairly warm or whenever it is possible.

Even with it being safe there are things that you need to remember, do not overheat the appliance by running it for long period. Before using it for a long time check the specification of your purchased model very carefully that how long it is capable to run at a time. It is always a good practice and many experts recommended using an electric fireplace at moderate temperatures to avoid overheating which may lead the fireplace to get burnt.

Also, ensure that there is nothing flammable ingredients or items near your fireplace or next to a power cord. Because leaving electric devices turned on for a long time in many cases result in short circuit.

So electric fireplace is the safest to leave running overnight, but it is good that before you do so, you take necessary precautions.

Is It Electric Fireplace Safe to Use On A Carpet?

Yes, you can place an electric fireplace on a carpet. But, make sure that the carpet isn’t blocking the inlet or outlet venting system of electric fireplace. Your particular model of electric fireplace may not be suitable to place and install on the carpet if one of the vents of the fireplace is located on the bottom or base of the fireplace body. In case, your fireplace blocks the inlet or outlet of the fireplace, it may cause an overheating problem which may create an auto shut-off problem to your fireplace.

Electric Fireplace Safety Tips

Just like any other electric device, there are safety tips that are given by manufacturers of the appliance. We have compiled some from different manufacturers.

  1. To avoid cases of fire, keep flammble things like curtains, furniture, pillows, and clothes far away from the electric fireplace. Ensure that they are at least 3 feet away from the unit all sides.
  2. Make sure you unplug the cord while the appliance is not in use.
  3. Don’t use your electric fireplace if it is malfunctioning. Also, if the cord or plug are damaged do not use it either. In such a case you are supposed to take the broken fireplace to nearby authorized people or HVAC experts for repairing.
  4. Do not allow any foreign object to enter the appliance through the openings for it might cause electric shocks and fire.
  5. Do not try to make any modification to the unit. Only use it where it is recommonded to use by manufacturer or experts. Otherwise, it may get electric shock or catch fire by short circuit.
  6. Before connecting the appliance to electrical outlet ensure that the socket is well grounded or not.
  7. Never attempt to lift the unit by the glass. Always lift it by holding the firebox. Do not strike or impact the fire glass.
  8. It is always good to take precaution when the appliance is near pets, kids or physically handicap people. They will not burn by it but still has a chance of electric shock.
  9. The electric fireplaces are strictly meant for indoor use only. Do not use it outdoor or expose it to the outside weather.

Electric Fireplace Kids Safety Tips

Kids Safety Tips Electric Fireplace

 Wrap Up

So, after so much discussion, we have come to a decision that electric fireplaces are very safe to use in our home or apartment. But, you should follow some safety tips to be safe, but they are just the same tips that apply to any other electric appliances.

If you are using gas or a traditional log fireplace, it is high time you upgrade with new technology. At an affordable price, you get something beautiful, easy to use, effective, and safer.

Reference:

Fireplace Safety Tips for a Cozy Winter Season (NationWide.com)