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Safety warning on use of bioethanol fires


Date: 3rd July, 2018

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding owners of bioethanol real flame fires to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using them.

Firefighters were recently called to a blaze which started when a bioethanol fire was used outside under a sun parasol.

Station Manager Dave Geddes, who attended the incident, said: “The parasol meant the flammable vapour was trapped; it then ignited, and a woman suffered burns as a result. These fires should always be used in an open area, away from anything which could easily ignite, such as overhanging branches, hedging or garden furniture. In addition, owners should always ensure that the fire is completely out and has cooled for at least 15 minutes before refilling with fuel.”

To ensure that owners remain safe while using their bioethanol fires, the Service is offering these top tips:

For further fire safety advice, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safety

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