Wood fireplaces are the most popular choice for many homeowners, but you can’t just install it anywhere, and it needs to be done in accordance with strict safety regulations. Before installing a fireplace in your home, make sure that you have checked all safety standards and clearance regulations that apply. The fireplace industry is highly regulated to ensure the safety of homeowners, their families, property and community. Clearance regulations set out in the fireplace Australian Safety Standards dictates the distance required between a fireplace unit and any combustible material.
Australian Standard AS/NZS 2918:2001
- This standard puts in place a minimum flue height requirement – 3.6 metres – above the floor where the fireplace is to be installed.
- The end of the flue must not be positioned near openings such as windows or doors to avoid any discharged air from being forced back into the home. A flue should also be installed vertically and straight.
- The chimney or flue must be at least 600mm clear of your rooftop and the minimum of 1m above the roof of any neighbours’ roofs that are within 3m of your property. In addition to this, the size of the flue has to be in proportion to the size of the fireplace unit to prevent any excess smoke from re-entering your home.
- Heat shields can be used to reduce clearances. Acceptable materials include cement sheeting, steel and fireproof plasterboard.
The responsibility of meeting these safety standards lies with the homeowner, and if an incorrectly installed fireplace causes any injury or damage, you will be liable. Getting a certified professional fireplace technician to install your fireplace is the only sure way of ensuring that you meet all current safety and clearance regulations set out by the Australian Safety Standard authorities.
If you’re planning to have a fireplace installed, it is essential to take the time to get to know the fireplace clearance safety regulations so you can enjoy your fireplace with peace of mind. Want to learn more about the types of fireplaces you can have installed in your home? Jetmaster has a range of wood-burning and gas fireplaces to suit every space. Contact us to learn more.
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