Fire service warning on stove installations

Fire service warning on stove installations


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service is urging householders to review the building regulations relating to heat producing appliances to ensure stoves and flues are installed correctly.

The Fire Service says the rising popularity of stoves in recent years has led to an increase in emergency callouts to stove-related domestic fires and incidences of carbon monoxide build-up in the home across County Clare. 

Adrian Kelly, Clare Chief Fire Officer, said, “Fires can occasionally be due to the poor installation of stoves and flues.  Some of these fires have caused substantial damage to the surrounding building and consequently, have put lives at risk.”

He stated, “Stoves burn at very high temperatures and therefore, the appliance and the flues need to be installed correctly. They should be clearly spaced from any timber or combustible materials. Insulated flues that pass through ceilings and walls need to be spaced and/or encased correctly.”

“Current guidance advises that when a new heating stove is installed, Carbon Monoxide detectors should be installed in the same room and within 5 metres of all bedroom doors,” added Mr. Kelly. 

He continued, “Where a system chimney is being used with a heat producing appliance and the flue passes within or over a habitable room, then a Carbon Monoxide alarm should be fitted in the room also. We have experienced cases whereby the occupants of a home in Clare have been alerted to stove-related fires simply due to the presence of installed carbon monoxide alarms.”

Ahead of installing a stove, the public is asked to review the appliance manufacturer’s instructions and the current Building Regulations (“Heat Producing Appliances”, 2014) on Additional information regarding the proper installation of heating appliances and flues is available from


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.