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    Here are examples we see during our inspections of when the safety standard has not been met:

  1. Bullet An opening has been cut into the bottom of an otherwise acceptable door to install a pet door.

  2. Bullet A steel door with a fixed glass panel that is not fire-rated has been installed. We check the “bug” on the glass and it is usually safety glass, but have yet to find one with glass that is fire-rated. The door shown below is an example.

  3. Bullet A remodeler doing a “flip” house changes out all the doors in the home to update the interior, and replaces the old door to the garage with a hollow-core interior door.

    Although a self-closing door to the garage is not required, it is a sensible safety precaution. 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.

    Also, it is worth noting that a carport is required to have a minimum of two open sides by the IRC. If a third side is closed, it must be treated as a garage.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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