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Our Best Pet & Kid Safe Electric Fireplace Heaters


A natural reaction to falling temperatures is to turn up the heat. Most of us compensate foor the cold by immediately reaching for external heating options like a supplemental heater, fireplace, or furnace.

Fireplaces and other open flame heaters are certainly dangerous to both children and pets. Common dangers include:

  • Open flame
  • Scalding hot glass cover
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Chimney fires
  • Creosote

Many of us have wood burning gas fireplaces in the home. For some of you it is the way you heat the living room without running the furnace. A great money saver and a pleasure to take in, fireplaces are beautiful, but most of us know they are unsafe and could potentially start a fire.

Think about the potential consequences. A single spark can smolder and start a fire. even if you use a fireplace screen dangers are not eliminated. Today at NBC shares a story about a young toddler that placed his hands on the protective glass shield of a gas fireplace and scalded them. His third degree burns required mulitple skin grafts and surgery to repair. 

You must consider not only protecting your home from a potential disaster, but the extreme heat a gas fireplace produces, the harmful emissions your fireplace releases, and keeping your kids and pets safe. Safe kid and pet friendly alternatives are electric fireplaces.


After reviewing several brands, we've discovered one of the safest options available is Dimplex electric fireplaces. Based on effective heating and several safety features, we've put together a list of a variety of their fireplace heaters for just about any setting. These are the best choices for kids and pets. 

Dimplex combines modern technology, superior artisanship, and yes, multiple safety features that make it a great choice for families. Recent innovations include patented electronic flame technology, an Optymist design that produces a flame effect without the heat, and patented 3D effect for depth and dancing flames.

Fireplaces equipped with Purifire air treatment system helps improve indoor air quality. They provide safe and effective zonal heating to about 400 sq. ft. of space. They're 100% energy efficient with no wasted energy. No combustion means no greenhouse gases are emitted, and they use 90% less energy than traditional gas fireplaces to produce visual flames.

Dimplex SEP-O-4500-FB Hampton Electric Fireplace

This traditional mantel has features similar to your traditional fireplace. The SEP-O-4500-FB decorative mantel complements the home the same way a gas fireplace does without all the sparks, smoke, soot, or ash. Because Dimplex produces the most realistic flame effect, it's an ideal replacement for the mantel you love.

  • Automatic shut off
  • Air purifier
  • Built-in sensors
  • Optional heating
  • Cool touch glass

Dimplex DFP18-1041E Bravado Electric Fireplace


This Dimplex DFP18-1041E mantel fireplace is compact for apartments and other small living spaces. It's ideal for those spaces that don't have an existing fireplace because they're too small. This unit is no wider than a bookshelf, and yet, it provides a flame effect as grand as the SEP-O-4500-FB model above. 

  • Cool touch glass
  • No emissions
  • Automatic shut off
  • Optional heating

Dimplex SAP-300-B Novara Electric Fireplace and Media Console

Designed for large families or those with an abundance of media, the SAP-300-B electric fireplace has room for all your media components. Mantels are generous and hold a flat screen. The weight and size depends on model but on average range from 45-100". There is plenty of shelving to accommodate game consoles, DVD players, and more. Each model includes rear cord management, making it so the cables do not overwhelm you.

  • Optional heating
  • Cool touch glass
  • Automatic shut off
  • Temperature control

Dimplex DF2608 Electric Fireplace Insert


Some electric fireplace inserts are self-trimming and some are not. They come in a variety of sizes from about 22-33". The DF2608 fits in a 26" traditional fireplace.

These electric fireplaces allow you to utilize the area housing your existing fireplace. So if you love where your fireplace is currently located and you like the mantel you can install an insert. Some safety features include:

  • Automatic shut off
  • Fully adjustable
  • Emissions free
  • Optional heating

Dimplex VCX1525WH Convex Wall Mount Electric Fireplace

Wall mountable electric fireplaces are modern in design, extremely decorative, and yet they provide warmth, too. They are up and out of the way, making them a safe choice. They don't take up floor space so they can be installed in a kitchen, dining room, or bedroom.

The Dimplex VCX1525WH is contemporary, a great space saver, and a safe choice. River rock bed, elegant framing, and dancing flame are engaging and add to the fireplace experience. Tempered glass cover and optional heating makes it safe.

  • Tempered glass cover
  • Automatic shut off
  • Optional heating
  • Temperature cut-off

Dimplex GDS29-1262BW Optymist Thompson Electric Fireplace


The Optymist GDS29-1262BW electric fireplace uses revolutionary ultrasonic technology to create lifelike flame and smoke effect without releasing any emissions.

It's heat free and only uses water to produce the fireplace effect you love. As mist rises up through the logs, the light reflects against the water molecules to create the illusion of flame and smoke.

For each hearth there are handcrafted details, a rich finish, and a polished black surround that house the Optymist insert.

  • Heat free operation
  • Cool touch glass
  • No emissions
  • Uses water only to create a 3D flame and smoke effect
  • Runs for 14-17 hours before a water refill is tank

Additional Optymist options include the Amsden GDSOP-1382CN and the Debenham GDSOP-1380CH.

In the table below, see your safe heater options. This table gives a  quick view of the Dimplex electric fireplaces and features described above. As you can see all models include three prominent safety features: cool touch glass, emission free operation, and automatic shut off.

Additional benefits vary unit to unit but also provide a measure of safety, too. So not only can you enjoy the feel of a fireplace this winter but you can do it in a safe way.

Model  & FeaturesSEP-O-4500-FBDFP18-1041ESAP-300-BDF2608VCX1525WHGDS29-1262BW
Cool touch glassYesYesYesYesYesYes
Optional heatingYesYesYesYesYesYes
Emission freeYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automatic shut offYesYesYesYesYes-
Heat free operation-----Yes
Air purifierYes-----
Built-in sensorsYes-----

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