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Jan 05, 2020

Electric Fireplace Safety Tips

Have you fallen in love with the beauty and practicality of electric fireplaces, but you’re concerned about safety risks? Do you already have an electric fireplace installed, but you are anxious about potential dangers? At Mr. Electric of Katy, we offer a wide range of quality electrical services for local Houston, Texas area home and business owners. We enjoy helping our clients find ways to make their electrical system and devices safer and more energy efficient. We want to help you do the same. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your property warm and cozy with less risk. 

What Is an Electric Fireplace and How Do They Work?

Electric fireplaces are electronic heaters with the appearance of a conventional fireplace. They provide the perfect ambiance by mimicking the glowing embers of a log burning hearth, while warming a large area of living space. They work by warming cool air with hot coils and using a fan to blow the hot air back into the room to be recirculated. Many homeowners are switching to electronic alternatives to traditional fireplaces for many reasons. They reduce risk of fire from open flames, eliminate smoke inside the home and are extremely energy efficient. 

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Tips for Avoiding Danger 

While the risk of injury and fire may be greatly reduced when compared to a conventional wood burning fireplace, there are still a few potential dangers that homeowners should be aware of. Use the following best practices to drastically decrease injuries and property damage. 

  • Flammable materials should always be placed at least 3 feet away from the fireplace in all directions. Don’t place blankets, toys or other personal belongings on top of the fireplace.
  • Don’t touch the unit directly when in use to avoid accidental burns. 
  • Avoid leaving pets or children unattended when the electric fireplace is on since they may be unaware of important safety precautions. 
  • Electronic fireplaces aren’t made for outdoor use, so it’s important to keep your unit indoors, and safely away from excess moisture.
  • Never plug your unit into a damaged or dysfunctional outlet. If you are suspicious of the condition of your wiring or circuits get a professional inspection prior to installation. 
  • Contact a licensed electrician in Houston when problems arise to avoid making dangerous mistakes during a repair. 

Do You Need Professional Assistance with Your Electric Fireplace Installation or Maintenance? Call Us.

Do you need a dedicated circuit installation or wiring upgrade to accommodate your new electric fireplace? Have you chosen to invest in an electric fireplace but need help with the installation process? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Katy, TX. Our team of certified, licensed and insured electricians are always ready to help clients reach their goals. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial electrical installation, repair and replacement services for property owners in Katy, Houston, Humble, Spring, Crosby, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, Rosenberg, Atascocita, Texas and surrounding metro area neighborhoods. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced electrician in your area.

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