Pickering Fire Services educates public on the hazards of ethanol-fueled appliances

Posted on Thursday September 12, 2019

Pickering Fire Services is reminding residents that ethanol-fueled appliances pose serious fire safety risks, following a public safety message issued by Ontario’s Fire Marshal, Jon Pegg.

Ethanol-fueled appliances, commonly known as tabletop fire features or pots, can produce a fire hazard known as “flame-jetting” when fuel vapours are ignited while refueling these appliances. This occurs as a result of the appliance not being fully extinguished due to an invisible flame.

“It is critical that residents have the proper knowledge and resources set in place to protect themselves should they choose to use an ethanol-fueled appliance,” said Pickering Fire Chief John Hagg. “Residents should consider the use of LED candles or an Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) approved personal heating appliance, fueled by propane or natural gas as an alternative to ethanol. Through strong teamwork, awareness and public education, Pickering Fire Services hopes that fire-related fatalities, injuries and damages can be reduced.”

Safety tips to prevent flame-jetting:

  • Refrain from using ethanol-fueled appliances
  • Ensure all flames in an ethanol-fueled appliance are fully out and that the appliance is cold to the touch before refueling
  • Refuel the appliance in a well-ventilated outdoor area, clear of all combustibles, persons, and pets
  • When refueling, use a fuel container equipped with a flame arrestor

For more information, watch the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s public safety video, which demonstrates how flame-jetting and serious injuries can occur. 

Visit pickering.ca/fire.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Amanda Hill
Fire Inspector l Fire Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 8519