If you want the ideal ambiance without all the drama of the actual fire, electric fireplaces are the way to go. They are safe, beautiful, and zero work. When you picture the holidays this year, picture an ideal setting sans the soot.
How Safe Are Electric Fireplace Heaters?
Electric fireplaces are extremely safe with no more danger than operating any other electrical appliance. Here’s why.
There’s No Flame
Electric fireplaces do not have any actual flame. They use light and projection to create the look of flame. The “flames” themselves do not produce any heat or pose any danger. The heat comes from a system similar to a space heater, which blows air over an electric coil. Infrared heating units use electromagnetic heating and a fan to create and distribute heat. Either way, the dangers are minimal.
There’s No Gasses, Smoke, or Waste Products
Because electric fireplaces don’t burn fuel they do not create any carbon monoxide or other gasses/smoke. They eliminate waste products as well like ashes, etc. so there’s little to no cleaning and maintenance. They don’t need outside venting or a supply of fresh air to remain safe.
There Are Safety Features
Look for safety features on your electric fireplace that increase your safety like adjustable temperature control, direct-wiring capability, operate without heat setting, remote control, timers, etc. You should always operate an electric fireplace with the same care you would any electric appliance:
- Turn it off when unattended
- Keep away from liquids
- Use proper electrical outlets
- Unplug the unit at the first sign of malfunction
Are electric fireplaces safe? Yes. But it doesn't hurt to exercise some common sense. Electric fireplaces are designed to be safe for children and pets. They won’t become hot enough to pose a danger. However, heating elements can be hot so be cautious around these components.
Don’t block the vents where the warm air comes out. Make sure vents are free from debris and don’t come too close to drapery or furniture.
You can enjoy the whimsy and magic of a fire without all the worry with an electric fireplace. Their safety can’t be matched.