This video from a recent fire in a dormitory at Idaho State University really shows the difference that a closed door can make. What the firefighter does not mention is that these doors would typically be required to be self-closing, self-latching fire doors. This is why I don’t support the idea of requesting a variance from the local AHJ to remove the self-closing requirement on dwelling unit entry doors. While it’s nice for the students to be able to leave their doors open to foster a sense of community, and doing so in a code-compliant manner is expensive and the devices may be vulnerable to student tampering, the doors can not do their job if they’re standing open.
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