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My laundry room also contains by Hot Water tank and gas burner.  
There are two doors in the laundry room.  One door goes into the garage and is a fire-rated door with a vent.

The other door into the laundry room is accessed through my hallway.

I want to replace the door that is in my hallway going into the laundry room.  Do I need a special door?  In case of a fire, I already have two other outdoor accesses to exit.  Kindly advise.

Do I need a fire rated door, a regular door, a solid core door??  I live in the Town of Islip, New York.

Hi Karen -

Most residential building codes only require a fire rated door between the garage and the house (although they usually don't have a louver or vent).  I have never seen a special door used for the laundry room in a home, as long as the laundry room is part of the house and not part of the garage.  

I would recommend talking to your local building department to see what they will require, as your local codes may differ from the national requirements that I'm familiar with.  

- Lori

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I can help with code questions related to doors and hardware. I am familiar with the IBC, NFPA 80, NFPA 101, NFPA 105, ADAAG, and ICC/ANSI A117.1. My expertise is specific to door openings.


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