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2. Standards of Practice

2.8 Fireplace

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. the fireplace, and open and close the damper door, if readily accessible and operable;
  2. hearth extensions and other permanently installed components;
  3. and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the lintel, hearth and material surrounding the fireplace, including the fireplace opening's clearance from visible combustible materials.

II. The inspector is not required to:

  1. inspect the flue or vent system.
  2. inspect the interior of chimneys or flues, fire doors or screens, seals or gaskets, or mantels.
  3. determine the need for a chimney sweep.
  4. operate gas fireplace inserts.
  5. light pilot flames.
  6. determine the appropriateness of any installation.
  7. inspect automatic fuel-feed devices.
  8. inspect combustion and/or make-up air devices.
  9. inspect heat-distribution assists, whether gravity-controlled or fan-assisted.
  10. ignite or extinguish fires.
  11. determine adequacy of drafts or draft characteristics.
  12. move fireplace inserts, stoves or firebox contents.
  13. perform a smoke test.
  14. dismantle or remove any component.
  15. perform a National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA)-style inspection.
  16. perform a Phase I fireplace and chimney inspection.

2.9 Attic, Ventilation & Insulation