Electric fireplaces are touted for energy efficiency but are they safe? This page will answer all of your questions regarding the safety of electric fireplaces and electric fireplace inserts. Click on one of the questions below to jump to the answer you’re looking for. Be sure to check out the built-in safety features offered in select models at the end of this page.
Electric Fireplace Safety
Everything You Need to Know About Electric Fireplace Safety
How safe are electric fireplaces you ask? When used properly, electric fireplaces are extremely safe and do not pose a risk or danger for injury. Electric fireplaces made by top brands like Dimplex, Classic Flame, and Real Flame are UL Certified and/or CSA Certified. Underwriters Laboratories is the trusted authority for consumer safety. This means that heating elements and electric frameworks are inspected under strict quality control guidelines to ensure that they are safe for consumers.
Yes, it is safe to sit an electric fireplace on carpet or on top of a rug. In fact, electric fireplaces can safely be placed on top of any stable surface.
Yes, electric fireplaces can be placed directly against walls.
No, electric fireplaces do not need to be vented. Electric fireplaces do not produce emissions, therefore venting is not required. Although your chimney may be unused, it is still recommended to schedule annual inspections.
No, glass doors on an electric fireplace do not get hot. In fact, they stay cool to the touch, making them safe for children and pets. Typically, the heating element is separate from the visual display of the firebox meaning heat is not produced in and around the glass panels.
No, electric fireplaces create safe indoor air conditions. Unlike wood burning or gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces do not emit dangerous emissions like carbon monoxide. Dimplex Purifire electric fireplaces feature a patented air filtration system that remove mold, pollen, dander, dust, and other allergens from your home. Some electric fireplaces are vented but this is purely for the stylistic benefit and is seen in an effort to make the fireplace look more realistic.
No, permits are not required to install electric fireplaces.
Yes, it is safe to leave an electric fireplace insert on overnight but its recommended to turn off when possible. While it’s not necessarily dangerous, it’s important to observe basic safety precautions when using an electric fireplace.
No, electric fireplaces should never be connected using extension cords. The energy being transferred through the cords can create enough heat to cause the protective coating to melt in low-quality cords. Electric fireplaces should be connected directly to a wall outlet or hardwired into your home’s electrical system.
No, municipal burn relations (burn-free) do not apply to electric fireplaces. Electric fireplaces do not ignite any materials so use of your electric fireplace is free from municipal ordinances intended regulate wood burning emissions.
Electric Fireplace Safety Features to Look For
Below are a list of safety features that you can look for when shopping for your electric fireplace. As always, you can send us an email or give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about a specific model.
- Safety Shut-off
- Certain electric fireplaces have a built-in safety shutoff switch that will automatically turn off your electric fireplace in the event that the unit is knocked over.
- Automatic Shut-off Timer
- Classic Flame makes electric fireplaces with Automatic Shut-off Timers that allow you to set your timer for 30 minutes to 9 hours. This way, you don’t have to worry about falling asleep in front of the fire. View Classic Flame Electric Fireplaces.
- Temperature Limiter
- Temperature limiters prevent any malfunctioning in your electric fireplace. These limiters cut the power to your electric insert in the event that the heating elements become too hot, preventing the risk of fire.
PortableFireplace.com specializes in electric fireplaces. Unlike other stores, we know our products inside and out. Below are just a few of the fireplaces we recommend to those who are concerned about electric fireplace safety.
Disclaimer: Always follow manufacturer specified guidelines for installation, storage, and use of your electric fireplace. PortableFireplace.com is not responsible for any injuries or accidents that occur due to improperly securing or installing your fireplace. Features and specifications vary by manufacturer and model.