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Fall Protection Requirements

Section 1013.8 Window Sills - Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014)

In Occupancy Groups R-2 and R-3, one– and two –family and multiple-family dwellings, where the opening of the sill portion of an operable window is located more than 72 inches (1829 mm) above the finished grade or other surface below, the lowest part of the clear opening of the window shall be at a height not less than 36 inches (914 mm) above the finished floor surface of the room in which the window is located. Glazing between the floor and a height of 36 inches (914.4 mm) shall be fixed or have openings through which a 4-inch (102mm) diameter sphere cannot pass.

Note: Residential volume has differing requirements than those noted above

Exceptions:

1. Operable windows where the sill portion of the opening is located more than 75 feet (22 860 mm) above the finished grade or other surface below and that are provided with window fall prevention devices that comply with ASTM F 2006.

2. Windows whose openings will not allow a 4-inch diameter (102 mm) sphere to pass through the opening when the window is in its largest opened position.

3. Openings that are provided with window fall prevention devices that comply with ASTM F 2090.

4. Windows that are provided with window opening control devices that comply with Section 1013.8.1

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