Health and Safety

  1. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE USER INSTRUCTIONS. Failure to do so may result in personal accidents or fires spreading to property. Please remember, you are dealing with a real fire.  
  2. PLACE your chimenea or fire bowl on a FLAT surface; you should NOT place it on a sloping surface where the fire might tip over.  
  3. The surface you choose to position your chimenea or fire bowl should be a NON-FLAMMABLE surface such as stone, gravel or bricks. Do not place on grass which may turn brown. Do not place on wood which may turn brown or catch fire. DO NOT PLACE ON DECKING which may turn brown or catch fire. Protect wooden decking with a Gardeco FLOOR PROTECTOR or use bricks or concrete slabs. 
  4. DO NOT place your chimenea or fire bowl near bushes or plants or under trees; the heat will damage the leaves and is a fire risk. 
  5. DO NOT place your chimenea or fire bowl under an awning; it will burn or melt. 
  6. DO NOT place your chimenea or fire bowl near garden furniture, especially made of fabric or woven plastic, which may melt or catch fire. We recommend at least one metre minimum distance. 
  7. DO NOT make a real fire inside a conservatory or summer house or shed; real fires are designed to be outside, and fumes emanating from the fire made with wood, coal or charcoal are toxic and dangerous to health. You can use your chimenea indoors ONLY WHEN USING WITH THE GARDECO CHIM BURNER AND BIO-ETHANOL FUEL. 
  8. DO NOT touch the chimenea when burning; the surface is hot and you will burn your fingers; protect your hands with a Gardeco FIRE GLOVE. We recommend that gloves are used at all times. 
  9. DO NOT allow children, especially small children, near the fire. Do not allow pets near the fire. 
  10. DO NOT allow children to play or run around the fire. Use a Gardeco CHIMENEA GUARD to prevent small children coming close to the fire. 
  11. DO NOT over fuel the chimenea or fire bowl. If flames are coming out of the top of the chimenea, then the fire is too large. 
  12. DO NOT PANIC if fuel falls out of the chimenea or fire bowl or for any reason flames spread out from the fire, simply extinguish spreading flames with earth or sand or water or use a Gardeco FIRE BLANKET immediately. DO NOT throw water on a real fire other than in an extreme emergency. 
  13. DO NOT use petrol, paraffin or similar substances as fire lighters or as a fuel. The best method is balled newspaper and kindling, such as Gardeco OCOTE sticks. The best fuel is wood or charcoal. REMOVE the charcoal grill when not burning charcoal. 
  14. NEVER LEAVE A BURNING CHIMENEA OR FIRE BOWL UNATTENDED. Failure to do so may result in the fire spreading out of control and damage or destruction of property or personal injury. Please ensure the fire is completely out before leaving the chimenea or fire bowl unattended.  
  15. We advise against using a real patio fire when it is windy or in the case of strong drafts. Strong wind may tip the chimenea or fire bowl over which is a fire risk. Wind may also disperse burning material, which is a fire risk, particularly if the environment is very dry. 
  16. Please be a good neighbour and be reasonable in the use of your patio fire, keep smoke and noise to a minimum.