Fireplace Safety

“The joy of the open fireplace is playing with fire without being accused of playing with fire.” ― Gene Logsdon, You Can Go Home Again: Adventures of a Contrary Life


Fireplace Safety

March 5, 2023
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Many accommodations such as dormitories, fraternities and sororities have working fireplaces — wood burning and natural gas.  Community spaces such as student unions, libraries and recreation spaces also have fireplaces as a central feature.

The purpose of NFPA 211 is to reduce fire hazards by discovering and promulgating best practice for the safe removal of flue gases, the proper installation of solid fuel-burning appliances, and the correct construction and installation of chimneys, fireplaces, and venting systems.  The current 2019 Edition is linked below:

Free Access: NFPA 221 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances

The 2024 revision is in its later stages and will be released for public use in the 4th Quarter of 2023.  Redlines for this revision are linked below:

Public Input Report

Second Revisions Report

Comment on the Second Draft will be received until February 28th.  We encourage facility managers to recommend improvements to this standard by setting up a (Free) NFPA account the link below:

Online submission of public input and public comments

We maintain this standard on our periodic Prometheus and Housing colloquia.  Consult our CALENDAR for the next online meeting, open to everyone


NFPA 211: Articles and News

University of Rochester Fireplace Safety

American Gas Association: How Natural Gas Fuels Your Holiday Traditions



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