Category Archives: Safety

2017 NFPA Code LP-Gas storage locations

The 2017 NFPA 58 provides requirements for LP-Gas containers.  Location distances to various objects including lot lines, structures, ignition sources, power lines, other tanks, etc. can be found in chapter 6. Specific distance requirements to building openings and ignitions sources … Continue reading

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2015 Residential Code update – Smoke Alarms

The 2015 International Residential Code (R314.3) specifies required locations for smoke alarms.  Prior code editions have required smoke alarms to be located at three specific locations; in each sleeping room, outside of bedrooms and on each story.  A fourth location … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for safety glazing in windows

There maybe several locations in a home that require safety glazing.  The 2012 International Residential Code has at least seven specific instances where safety glazing must be installed due to the configuration of the surrounding construction. Section R308.4.3  addresses glazing … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for light at stairs

The 2012 International Residential Code (R311.7.9) requires the illumination of both indoor and outdoor stairs, and refers the reader to (R303.7)*. This section of the code requires an artificial light source in the immediate vicinity of a landing or stairway. … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for handrail size

  The International Residential Code (R311.7.8.3) sets requirements for size and shape of handrails. These requirements are especially important because of the potential for falls associated with stairs.  According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for window fall protection

The 2012 International Residential Code (R312.2) requires fall protection at operable windows when they meet a combination of two specific height requirements. The first requirement addresses the height of the window above finished grade while the second height requirement addresses … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for garage to home door

The Residential Building Code (R302.5.1) requires the use of a solid wood or metal door between a private garage and the residence.  The door must be 13/8 in width or have a fire rating of 20 minutes. One very important … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for fireblocking

The Residential Building Code (R302.11) requires the use of fireblocking in all combustible construction.  Some locations which require fireblocking in wood framed construction are; Concealed spaces in stud walls at both ceiling and floor levels, and horizontal intervals not exceeding … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for safety glass near doors

As mentioned in previous posts, the International Residential Code (R308.4) stipulates when safety glass must be used throughout a home.  The code includes seven specific locations where safety glass is required. Section R308.4.2 addresses glass which has been installed near … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for guardrail opening

The residential building code (R312.1.3) limits the maximum space allowed between openings in guardrails.  These areas include; the space between the bottom of the rail and walking surface, as well as the space between balusters.  The size of any of … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for fire wall assembly

The Residential Building Code (R302.1) requires fire resistant construction of walls when the distance between homes is less than five feet.  Townhomes are considered separate buildings under the code (R302.2), and thus required to be separated by a fire rated … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for smoke and CO alarms

  The Residential Code (R314) requires the installation of smoke alarms at various locations in a home.   Those locations (R314.3) include; bedrooms, area outside bedrooms, and at each story including basements and habitable attics. The Residential Code (R315) also requires … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for handrail

The residential building code (R311.7.8) requires the use of a single handrail when there are four or more risers on a continuous run. The minimum installation height of the handrail is 34 inches while the maximum height is 38 inches. … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for safety glazing near stairs

The residential building code specifies seven hazardous locations for glazing.  Glazing installed near stairs or ramps must be a certified safety glass product if it is within 36 inches of the walking surface (R308.4.6). There is an exception to this … Continue reading

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Residential Code requirement for egress window

The building code (R310) requires an emergency escape (Window) at specific locations in a home.   These locations include basements, habitable attics and all bedrooms.  Windows must not only be large enough for occupants to escape, but also large enough for … Continue reading

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