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    This means that as soon as you add a third wall to a carport, like in the photo below, it becomes a garage and must meet all the fire safety standards required of a garage.

    The fact that the fourth side is open and there is no garage door does not make a difference. Because flammable materials are often stored in an attached garage, there are multiple code requirements intended to enhance the resistance of the walls and ceiling to the spread of a garage fire into the living area of a home.

    Here’s a few of our blog posts about safety requirements for a garage:

  1. What are the building code requirements for a door from the garage to house?

  2. Can a bedroom door open into a garage?

  3. Why is a pet door from the garage to the house a fire hazard?

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.
© McGarry and Madsen Inspection


More Blog Posts on Home Safety:

  1. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  2. Should a front door open in or out?

  3. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  4. What causes cracks in a driveway?

  5. When should I replace my smoke alarms?

  6. Why are window security bars dangerous?

  7. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

  8. How can a tree damage my house?

  9. What can I do right now to prepare my house for a hurricane?

  10. How do you inspect a dryer vent?

  11. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  12. What is a “cross connection” in a home’s plumbing system?

  13. Is a bare bulb light in a closet alright?

  14. What safety checks will limit my tenant liability in a rental house?

  15. Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in Florida?

  16. What are the requirements for a room to classified as a bedroom?

  17. How can I know how much damage there is inside a wall if the inspector found termites in the baseboard?

  18. How can formaldehyde gas in the house be a problem?

  19. How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe?

  20. What can I do to avoid kitchen accidents and injuries?

  21. When is a railing required for the edge of a deck or porch?

  22. Why does my concrete floor slab sweat and get slippery?

  23. Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?

  24. Why is vermiculite attic insulation a problem for both buyers and sellers of a home?

  25. What are the common causes of ceiling stains in a house?

  26. Does pushing the test button on a smoke alarm test the smoke sensor inside?