I have an I-2 occupancy with a gas insert fireplace in our main entry. There is now a request to hang art above it. In NFPA 99 & 101 i can not find specific regulations about it other that wall covering. Is there guidance or a regulation?
Keep the art far enough away, so it does not get hot enough to ignite?
First I concur with Cda' sage advice. I have experienced several of these situations inspecting these occupancies. The listing (UL) of the gas fireplace will provide clearances to combustibles directly above the unit. I have found wooden mantles or combustible wall materials within those clearances as a typical violation of the listing. There is a code (19.2.5 in the Life Safety Code that requires the installation to comply with NFPA 54 National Fuel Gas Code. NFPA 54 will require the gas fireplace to be installed according to its listing. If not found there, the installation manual is where you will find the clearances to combustibles.
Sometimes there is a placard mounted on the unit that provides the clearances.
Rule of thumb -- do not place combustibles were the operation any heating unit causes the material's temperature to be greater than 120 F.
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