Title: Section 7-1.8 - Fire safety standards

Effective Date

12/23/2009

OPERATION, SUPERVISION AND MAINTENANCE

7-1.8 Fire Safety Standards

(a) Fire alarm systems. Automatic fire alarm systems, when provided, and the related detection equipment shall be operated and maintained as to provide adequate warning to all the occupants in the event of a fire. Documentation shall be available on-site indicating the system is maintained in accordance with applicable sections of the Uniform Code. A copy of such documentation shall be available for review by the permit-issuing official or designated representative at the time of inspection.

(b) Automatic fire suppression systems. Automatic fire suppression systems, when provided, shall be operated and maintained as to provide detection and suppression functions of fire related events as necessary. Documentation shall be available on-site indicating the system is maintained in accordance with applicable sections of the Uniform Code. A copy of such documentation shall be available for review by the permit-issuing official or designated representative at the time of inspection.

(c) Portable fire extinguishers. Portable fire extinguishers shall be conspicuously located and readily accessible for use in the event of a fire. Documentation shall be available on-site indicating the extinguishers are located and maintained in accordance with applicable sections of the Uniform Code. A copy of such documentation shall be available for review by the permit-issuing official or designated representative at the time of inspection.

(d) Exit signs and emergency lighting.  Illuminated exit signs and emergency lighting (when required) shall be readily visible and maintained operational at all times, and shall clearly identify a safe continuous path of travel to the exterior of the building.

(e) Exit maintenance and discharge.  All exits and exit pathways shall be maintained free and clear of obstructions at all times and discharge directly to the exterior of the building, in a manner which facilitates safe and prompt egress. Doors located in exit pathways shall be non-lockable against egress, operable with a single motion, and devoid of hooks, bolts, bars or similar restrictive devices.

(f) Vertical and horizontal confinement. Existing building construction features, such as doors designed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building, shall be maintained as designed at all times.

(g) Fire safety and evacuation plans. A copy of the fire safety and evacuation plan submitted to the local code enforcement official shall be available on-site for review by the permit-issuing official or designated representative at the time of inspection. The fire safety and evacuation plans shall be updated as required in accordance with applicable sections of the Uniform Code. The permit-issuing official may require submission of the fire safety and emergency plan.

Volume

VOLUME A (Title 10)

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