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Leighton Jantz

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The requirement for self closing devise was pulled out of IRC around 2002, 2006? Can't remember exact year. I heard they pulled it because people were getting locked out home and would be in garage with vehicle running.

Then what? They were too stupid to shut off the car, or raise the overhead door?????

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From the current NY Residential Code:

R309.1 Opening protection. Openings from a private garage directly into a room used for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted. Other openings between the garage and residence shall be equipped with 3/4-hour fire-protection-rated assemblies equipped with self-closing devices.

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I don't believe a self-closing door was ever part of the IRC. Fire rated doors much be self-closing, but the IRC does not require a fire-rated door. I think the main difference between a 20 minute fire-rated door and a standard 20 minute door is the self closing hinges and the fire-rated door is a tested assembly.

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