Warning over the use of bio-ethanol heaters in the home

Following some incidents within the home nationally related to the use of bio-ethanol heaters, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following advice for anyone using these heaters in their home:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions
  • Only use bio-ethanol fuel in fireboxes and containers designed for the product
  • Bio–ethanol fuel is highly flammable and should only be kept in containers tightly closed and away from any ignition sources
  • Fireboxes and containers should always be placed on a stable surface and away from combustible materials
  • Never add fuel to a burning fire or overfill a fuel container and never fill up a firebox fuel container that is still hot
  • Keep children and pets away from fireboxes and fuel
  • Extinguish all fires when leaving a room or garden and before going to sleep
  • Always use bio-ethanol fireboxes and containers in a well-ventilated room
  • Regularly clean and check fuel containers for damage and never use a leaking one
  • Clean away any fuel spills with a damp cloth and dry completely
  • Keep your hands, hair and clothing well clear of any burning flames and fuel
  • Always light bio-ethanol fuel with an extended lighter or extra-long match. Never discard matches into the container.

Group Commander and Head of Community Fire Safety for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Kevin Napier commented:

“It’s really important that people follow the manufacturer’s guidance when using bio-ethanol heaters. As with any naked flame in the home, our advice is to never leave them on unattended and keep them well away from anything which could catch fire.”

For more advice about fire safety it the home, visit the Home Safety area of the website.