Wheaton, Ill. lawmakers ponder heat detector requirement for attached garages

City council also considered smoke detector requirement, dismissed due to high chance of false alarms

By Peter Fabris, Contributor | April 17, 2014

The Wheaton, Ill. City Council, which is getting set to enact International Code Council standards to update its building codes, is considering a requirement to install heat detectors in attached garages. The council decided against a requirement for smoke detectors in garages due to activities in garages that might set off alarms. City staff found a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that said annually, between 2009 and 2011, only about 2 percent of all residential building fires originated in attached garages.

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