Are Electric Fireplaces Safer for Families with Children and Pets?

The Fire Safety Week is in October, which is also the peak season for selling fireplaces. So, it's a good time to learn which type of fireplace is safer to use. There are typically three types of fireplaces, and they are wood-burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces, and electric fireplaces. Today, we'll compare these three fireplaces to help you find your perfect fireplace.

When it comes to safety, compared with the former two fireplaces, the electric fireplace is the winner. In this article, we'll take Amazon’s best-selling "R.W.FLAME  Recessed Electric Fireplace" as an example to compare the three fireplaces while covering the basic tips of fireplace safety.



No Live Flames and Sparks


All fireplaces can provide you with a warmth and comfortable living environment, however, there exists much to consider behind this. When people mention fireplaces, the most dangerous factor they might think of could be the live flames and sparks produced by a gas or wood-burning fireplace.

Some people may enjoy the smell of burning wood as a symbol of warmth, but it comes at a price. Wood-burning fireplaces are more dangerous than electric fireplaces because of the potential risks they carry when they’re burning. When using a wood-burning fireplace, the burning logs will create flames or sparks that can fly out of the stove and into your room. The sparks can increase the risk of fire hazards.

However, the electric fireplace is safer because the flame inside is not real. For example, the electric fireplace of R.W.FLAME adopts LED technology to create a real dancing fire effect. Besides, unlike other electric fireplaces, this one does not have an open flame but provides you with realistic multi-color and flickering flame. This fireplace features 5 flame brightness levels, 5 flame speed settings, and 12 flame & flame bed colors that allow you to adjust the brightness and color of the flame to your needs. By changing the different modes of the flame, you can enjoy the real dancing fire in a comfortable atmosphere without the risk of fire hazards.

No Toxic Emissions

It's worth noting that after the gas or wood burning, toxic emissions may be produced to fly through your room in all directions. If there is not enough oxygen to burn the gas or logs, toxic embers such as soot, smoke, gas fumes, and even carbon monoxide will be released, endangering the health of you and your family. Modern houses which are often unventilated will increase the possibility of this risk.   


One advantage of electric fireplaces is that they won't produce these harmful fumes or gases because they're carbon-free. Take the electric fireplace launched by R.W.FLAME as an example. It adopts infrared technology to generate heat without the need to burn wood or gas. Therefore, there is no need to worry about the unhealthy by-products remaining in your room.


Compared with gas fireplaces, R.W.FLAME Recessed Electric Fireplaces do not require ventilation to emit the above-mentioned emissions. The soot may build up in the chimney and then cause a serious house fire. That's why the electric fireplace is safer than those two fireplaces. Considering the space limitations and the ventilation problems of modern houses, electric fireplaces may be a better choice. In addition, an environmentally friendly R.W.FLAME Electric Fireplace is an alternative to gas and wood-burning fireplaces, keeping your room warm and safe without harmful embers.



No Flammable Material

In the past decades, families have used burning wood to create heat. But if there are combustible materials nearby, fire can quickly happen and even spread. Similarly, when using a wood-burning fireplace, we should pay attention to the proximity of flammable materials, such as curtains, carpets, decorations, etc.

Though gas fireplaces won't produce sparks, there are other hidden dangers to consider. The gas fireplaces must be vented, so their screens and vents will prevent children and pets from getting closer. Even on Christmas days, you are supposed not to hang the flammable decorations too close to your gas fireplace.

Fortunately, R.W.FLAME Electric Fireplace does not require any wood or gas to burn; the only thing they need is a 120V power supply. As mentioned above, the flame of it is created with LED lights. This means that this fireplace does not heat the surroundings. Ensure that you don't place the flammable materials too close to the front, side, or back of the fireplace.  


Cool Surface to Touch

The burning logs or gas produce heat. The heat will not only transfer to the walls of the fireplaces, but also to the front glass panel which is hot enough to burn your skin. Most fireplaces doors on the present market are made of tempered glass, which may break if exposed to extremely high temperatures. To avoid this, you need to leave the door open. However, children and pets may get close or even climb into the fireplace if the door is open. So, precautions must be taken to avoid this situation.

Electric fireplaces can easily solve your worries. The real effect of the electric fireplace flame is not a heat source. Therefore, the glass in front of the electric fireplace won't be heated up. As a result, they can maintain a cooler surface, making it safer for children and pets even if they accidentally touch the fireplace.

Compared to traditional fireplaces, R.W.FLAME Recessed Electric Fireplace seems to be a safer choice for you. It's equipped with an overheating safety device and an air outlet at the bottom of the heater, effectively avoiding the potential danger caused by overheating. It provides a safe and warm environment, making it suitable for everyone, even small children and pets are assured of safety.

Safety Tips

Electric Fireplaces are the safest choice among these three fireplaces. However, there are also some safety tips you should follow carefully.


  • Do not use extension cords.
  • Do not use the fireplace
  • Keep the clearance distance around the fireplace.
  • Do not install damaged components.
  • Always unplug the appliance when not in use.
  • Supervise of children and pets.
  • Call a qualified serviceman for any repair.
  • .…


In conclusion, safety is of great importance. If you want a safe and warm ambiance rather than a hazard of a real fire, then go to electric fireplaces. With an R.W.FLAME electric fireplace, families with children and pets can enjoy a smoke-free, safe and comfortable time on these cold winter days.






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