Bio-ethanol and gel fuel burner safety

Bio-ethanol and gel fuel burners are becoming increasingly popular and are used as decorative items and as heating sources both indoors and outdoors. There are currently no European standards for these products and so it is essential that safety advice is strictly followed.

Advice for the use of Bio-ethanol and gel burners

  • 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 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 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.
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If you are concerned about the safety of your bio-ethanol burner contact Trading Standards on 0300 111 8000 or visit the Staffordshire County Council website.