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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety Advice Following Fatal Fire

26/06/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued safety advice regarding the use of Bio-Ethanol burners following a fatal fire in Uttoxeter.

"The burners rely on a flammable substance for fuel and produce a naked flame so it is essential that safety warnings and manufacturer’s instructions are followed at all times."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued safety advice regarding the use of Bio-Ethanol burners following a fatal fire in Uttoxeter.

A Bio-Ethanol burner had been in use at a property on Wood Lane in Uttoxeter on June 13 and is believed to have been the cause of the accidental fire at the house.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the lady who has died following this incident.

"We are not 100 per cent certain of the circumstances surrounding the fire but we do know it involved the Bio-Ethanol burner.

"This was a tragic accident involving an appliance that is fairly new to the market and is not something we have had previous experience of. Bio-Ethanol burners are free standing portable fires that can be used in any room with adequate ventilation. They are fuelled by ethanol liquid or gel.

"The burners rely on a flammable substance for fuel and produce a naked flame so it is essential that safety warnings and manufacturer’s instructions are followed at all times. Extra care also needs to be taken with the proximity of the fuel containers as the fuel can burn without a visible flame."

Advice for the use of Bio-Ethanol burners includes:
• 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.