Why Some Fireplaces Can Be Unsafe
- Use of "mix and match" components.
- Unsealed gas pipe penetrations.
- Insufficient clearances between fireplaces and combustible materials.
- Missing or incomplete installation of fire stops between floors.
- Use of non-approved decorative chimney terminations.
- Insufficient chimney height
- Fire hazard.
- Voiding of manufacturer's guarantees.
- Embers may escape into framed areas.
- Inadequate fire protection.
- Smoke may enter living spaces.
- Use approved laboratory-tests (i.e. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) components by a single manufacturer.
- Use refractory (fireproof) cement to seal gas pipe penetrations through the firebox.
- Follow manufacturer's installation instructions regarding required clearances from framing and other combustible materials.
- Use only approved, listed, decorative chimney terminations.
- Use the "2ft. in 10-ft. height rule" for chimney heights (Uniform Building Code, Section 3703(f) & Table 37-B).
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