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Attic Firewalls


By Jeff Rogo Government Affairs Director

Fire inspectors in Hillsborough County are checking firewalls in the attics of multi-family buildings. As you probably know, the purpose of the firewalls is to prevent the rapid spread of fires from unit to unit through the attic. A recent fire in Carrollwood may be the cause of the heightened awareness of the code requirement. The apartment building fire was likely caused by lightning. But, inadequate attic firewall protection may have contributed to the fire damaging 18 units.

The security of the attic firewalls has long been a non-negotiable provision of the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Still, some landlords punch holes in the firewalls to run cable or for other purposes. I encourage you to check the firewalls on your property.

I also appreciate how hot it can get in an attic crawl space during Florida’s summer season. So, a repair project could be challenging and expensive … whether initiated on your own or at the request of a fire inspector.

Please let me know if a fire inspector has cited your community for attic firewall protection. Thank you. 

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