Flueless fireplaces (also known as bioethanol fires, biofuel fires or bio-fireplaces) must meet the general safety requirements set in product safety legislation. This means their use must not pose a risk to consumer health or property. The manufacturers, importers and retailers of flueless fireplaces are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe and feature hazard and warning labelling and appropriate information in Finnish and Swedish covering their installation and usage (including clear pictures illustrating safe installation, particularly for wall-mounted models). When using a fireplace, make sure you pay particular attention to ensuring that the fireplace is installed in accordance with the instructions in an appropriate place and that the fire is monitored during usage and switched off in the correct manner.
- Always place a fireplace far enough from combustible materials such as curtains and other textiles. Never place combustible materials on top of a fireplace.
- When installing a fireplace, comply with the guidelines provided for the minimum floor area (m²) or volume (m³) of the room.
- You must mount a sufficiently large fire-resistant panel behind the fireplace unless the wall itself is made of a non-combustible material. (This also applies to free-standing fireplaces.)
- Never use any fuel other than the fuels specifically identified for use in the fireplace.
- Follow the instructions provided for the storage and use of fuel (sufficiently detailed instructions must be given in both the user instructions and on the container intended for fuel storage).
- The maximum quantity of flammable fuel stored in a home must not exceed 25 litres at any given time.
- Bioethanol is a highly flammable substance and must be stored in fire-safe location.
Using a fireplace
- When using a fireplace, make sure children or pets do not come into contact with the fireplace.
- Never leave the fireplace unattended during use.
- Do not use water or other liquid to put out the fire (risk of splashing).
- You should use the designated extinguishing tool to put out the fire.
- Never put any combustible material other than the correct fuel in the fireplace.
- You should keep fire extinguishing equipment near the fireplace.
- You should air the room thoroughly after using the fireplace.
A free-standing flueless fireplace must be sturdy and well-balanced enough to prevent it from being knocked over if bumped into. You can ensure this either by using appropriate fittings to bolt the fireplace securely onto the floor or a wall or using some other safe method.