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Is the door between an attached garage and the house required to have a closer (self-closing device)?
Sunday, June 17, 2018
he 2018 edition of the International Residential Code and the 2020 Residential editon of the Florida Building Code require the door between an attached garage and a residence to be “equipped with a self-closing or automatic-closing device.” It was previously part of the code, then removed for a few years, and is back again.
But it is a good safety-precaution to add, whether required by code or not. Every few years there is a news story in Florida about someone, usually an older person, asphyxiated by carbon monoxide fumes because they left the door to garage open with their car running while they rushed into the house on a quick errand, then became distracted and stayed in the house, while forgetting to turn off the car or close the door.
There are other requirements for the door, however, and see our blog post What are the building code requirements for a door from the garage to the house? for more.
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