Hearth safety begins with protecting combustible materials and exposed surfaces in your home from the heat produced in a fireplace or stove. To ensure your protection, all hearth appliances are tested to the applicable Standards of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). AJ ember protection floor protectors are tested and approved to UL 1618-2009 by Omni Laboratories of Portland, OR. AJ thermal protection floor protectors are tested and approved to UL 1618-2009 by U.L. Laboratories. The thermal protection floor protectors are a UL listed product.
The UL 1618-2009 Standard
The UL 1618-2009 standard requires a series of tests including: Thermal Resistivity testing, an Accelerated Aging test, Radiant Panel test, Burning Brand Test, Impact and Strength tests. We can state with confidence that our floor protectors will give you years of safe and durable service.
In 2009, Underwriters Laboratories adopted UL 1618-2009 as the standard for Wall Protectors, Floor Protectors and Hearth Extensions. AJ, and other manufacturers of hearth protectors, worked closely with UL to develop this standard. The result is a system that simplifies matching the appropriate floor protection to the hearth appliance. Floor protectors are divided into two basic categories – Type 1 Ember Protection and Type 2 Thermal protection.
Type 1 Ember Protection
Many modern hearth appliances do not require thermal protection (heat resistance) on the floor. These products installations guidelines may specify a non-combustible material or ember protection. Over time stove installation guides will use the new “Type 1 Ember Protection” designation exclusively. A Type 1 floor protector provides protection from accidental ash or ember spillage. A Type 1 protector has thermal resistance but, for the purposes of UL-1618 Type 1 Ember Protection is considered to have a thermal resistance of R = 0.