This Fixed-it Friday news report about replacing entrance doors in multi-family homes makes a few good points, but misses out on the chance to educate people about how their fire doors should operate.  I noticed a few things that weren’t 100% accurate or could have been more clear…like the statement that you don’t need fire doors in your single-family home.  I would have mentioned the need for protection between the garage and the house – the International Residential Code requires a solid wood door, or a solid or honeycomb core steel door, or a 20-minute fire door:

R302.5.1 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 solid wood doors not less than 1 3/8 inches (35 mm) in thickness, solid or honeycomb core steel doors not less than 1 3/8 inches (35 mm) thick, or 20-minute fire-rated doors, equipped with a self-closing device.  [2015 edition]

What would you add or clarify about this news report?

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