Safety Measures of the Use of Ethanol Fireplaces
Compliance with the safety recommendations listed below will prevent damage to the goods, as well as the emergence of potentially dangerous situations that could lead to bodily injuries of the people around. General safety rules for the majority of ethanol fireplaces is listed below. However, it is also necessary carefully to read the user guide that comes with each fireplace. It is prohibited to use the goods in the room with an area less than 20 m2.
1. Ethanol fireplaces should be installed exclusively in the fire-resisting material. When producing a niche for built-in ethanol fireplaces, please note that the material should be non-flammable.
2. Do not install the fireplace in the room with strong drafts, close to fans, ventilation apertures, etc.
3. There should be carbon dioxide (CO2) or dry powder fire extinguisher close to the fireplace.
4. When installing the device, remember that it should be easily dismounted for performance of maintenance works.
5. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is emitted in combustion. Simple aeration of the room moves away the emitted carbon dioxide and provides oxygen supply needed to maintain the fire.
6. It is necessary to ensure the sufficient ventilation in the room, in which ethanol fireplace is used. If necessary, ventilation should be enhanced by leaving open window or door.
7. Do not light the fireplace until its complete and correct installation.
8. Some automatic ethanol fireplaces require a space beneath them - never try to light uninstalled fireplace on a flat surface, because this may lead to its damage. Carefully read the manufacturer's instructions.
9. Fill the fuel tank only after complete installation of the fireplace.
10. It is permitted to light the ethanol fireplace only to persons who have reached the age of majority.
11. It is prohibited to light the ethanol fireplace in the places with a strong draft, as well as close to fans or similar devices used to ventilate the room.
12. It is prohibited to place the ethanol fireplace in the places where potentially explosive and/or flammable substances may be present in the atmosphere, such as a evaporations of varnish, industrial dust, etc.
13. It is prohibited to use the parts of the ethanol fireplace, which have mechanical damage.
14. Since the temperature of the surface of ethanol fireplace is very high, it is necessary to make sure that children, pets, as well as clothing, furniture, etc. are at a safe distance. While in operation, the fireplace is very hot, and any touching can cause burns to the skin.
15. It is prohibited to place the fireplace at a distance of less than 1 m away from curtains, blinds and other flammable items.
16. It is prohibited to move a burning or warm ethanol fireplace. Moving of ethanol fireplace is permitted only after the fuel has completely burned out, and the fireplace has cooled off.
17. It is prohibited to leave a burning ethanol fireplace without adult supervision.
18. It is prohibited to repair ethanol fireplace independently and to make changes to its design.
19. Use the fuel, which is recommended by the manufacturer - it burns without formation of harmful emissions and is odorless. The use of other fuels may lead to the fact that gases, which are potentially dangerous for health, are released during combustion.
20. Fuel ingestion is strictly prohibited, because it contains substances that are toxic to the human body.
21. Fuel should be stored in a safe place beyond the reach of children, pets and unauthorized people.
22. IT IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED to fill up fuel during combustion – THIS IS LIFE-THREATENING! You should always extinguish the fire!
23. It is prohibited to place any objects or substances inside the fireplace other than those provided by the manufacturer.
24. It is worth using only the accessories provided by the seller and it is necessary to observe all relevant instructions.
25. It is prohibited to touch the hot parts of the ethanol fireplace.
26. It is prohibited to cover the ethanol fireplace and its ventilation apertures to avoid the risk of fire. For wall-mounted fireplaces: the mounting height on the wall can be different, but it should be considered that the location of the fireplace at the level of 1 m to 1.5 m above the floor level is safer, as it allows you visually to monitor the flame and the distance to the flame. At that time, if the fireplace is located downwards, the person may approach the fire at a dangerous distance, which may result in a fire hazard (for example, long dress or coat). In these cases, it is recommended to use special guards, similar to those that are used in usual fireplaces.
27. Fireplace should be installed on a firm and horizontal surface. If the fireplace is wall-mounted, it is necessary to make sure that it does not have deviations horizontally and vertically, the wall should be of non-combustible material. For the models that have an additional heat-protection shield, it is necessary to make sure that it is installed in the gap between the fireplace and the wall.
28. Fire bowl of the burner should be filled to a depth of 2/3 or not more than 2 cm below the upper edge of the burner. Be careful: excessive fuel on the outer surfaces of the burner should be removed with absorbent cloth or textile.
29. Ignition is made with a special elongated lighter, button on the control panel or remote control desk (in case of automatic fireplace).
30. Having switched on the lighter, take it to the fire bowl, trying to make the distance between your head and the burner as long as possible. The higher the temperature of the burner and fuel, the greater the probability of gas flashing during ignition.
31. Be careful, always keep your head at a maximum distance from the burner during ignition.
32. After the ignition the flame is bluish, and only after 3-4 minutes it becomes yellow.
33. If possible, let the fuel burn out completely, this will prevent unnecessary evaporation of remaining fuel.
34. If you wish to put out the flames before complete burning out of biofuel, use the damper of the burner or “off” button of ethanol fireplace in case of automatic model, or sliding contact in case of semi-automatic model. Wait about 30 minutes until the burner of ethanol fireplace cools down to room temperature. Only then dispose of the remaining fuel of ethanol fireplace.
35. Do not touch the fireplace, do not put the flash extinguisher or other foreign objects on the top of the fireplace, the temperature of these surfaces during combustion is +80- +90C. If you feel an unpleasant odor, please aerate the room.
36. After use of the ethanol fireplace, the complete burnout of bioethanol is desirable, as the remaining ethanol in the fuel block evaporates and forms a dangerous gas. Keep bioethanol in a cool dark place, out of reach of children and pets.
37. Never try to extinguish the flame with water.
38. You should regularly clean the combustion chamber with warm water and detergent.
39. Use soft cloth moistened with warm water and a small amount of detergent (neutral pH) to remove stains. It is recommended regularly to clean the stainless steel surface.
40. Never use chemicals, steel wool and other materials for cleaning of the fireplace, because they can leave scratches. The manufacturer shall not be liable for defects caused by improper use or cleaning of the fireplace.
41. Fireplace can raise the temperature in the room, but it is not a fully-featured heating device and is not suitable for constant heating!
42. It is prohibited to smoke while refuelling!
43. Be very careful while fuel filling. In case of spillage, it can leave stains on the carpet or floor. Spilled biofuel should be removed with absorbent material and clean water to prevent the ignition of the burner outside of ethanol fireplace.
44. Do not store more than 5 containers of flammable liquids in one room.
45. Keep the fuel tanks tightly closed.
46. Do not expose biofuel to direct heat sources such as direct sunlight or central heating.
47. Keep away children and pets away from the operative or uncooled ethanol fireplace.