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Portable Fireplaces... Warm & Cozy, or Burnt?

Portable Fireplaces: Tips for Staying Cozy and Safe

Portable fuel-burning fireplaces have become a popular way for people to heat their homes during winter months. However, if not used properly, these devices can be dangerous and pose a serious fire hazard.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February. Learn how to “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.” Before you snuggle up to a portable fireplace, keep these NFPA safety tips in mind:

  • Make sure the fireplace has an Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) listing. This ensures the product has been tested for safety;
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely;
  • Keep the area where you're using the fireplace well ventilated;
  • Do not use the fireplace in sleeping areas; and
  • Light the fireplace using a utility lighter or long match.
  • Never use outdoor fire pits or "chimineas" inside

As with all heating equipment, space is important! Create a “safe zone” around the device by keeping children, pets, and anything that can burn at least three feet away.matches

More Winter Fire Safety Tips:

To find out more information and protection tips on portable fireplaces, go to the NFPA website.

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