§ 1119-07. Fire Safety Requirements


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  • 1119-07.1 Scope: The provisions of this section shall govern the minimum conditions and standards for fire safety relating to structures and exterior premises, including fire safety facilities and equipment to be provided.

    1119-07.2 Means of egress: Safe, continuous and unobstructed means of egress shall be provided from the interior of a structure to a public way.

    1119-07.2.1 Locked doors: All doors in the required means of egress shall be readily openable from the inner side without the use of keys, except as provided in Chapter OBC.

    1119-07.2.2 Exit signs: All required means of egress shall be indicated with approved exit signs where required by Chapter 10 OBC. All exit signs shall be maintained visible and shall be illuminated at all times that the building is occupied.

    1119-07.2.3 Number of exits: In nonresidential buildings, or portions thereof, every story used for human occupancy shall be provided with not less than two independent and remote exits in accordance with Chapter 10 OBC 117.

    Exceptions: A single exit shall be acceptable under any one of the following conditions:

    (1) Where the building is equipped throughout with an automatic fire suppression system and an automatic fire alarm system with smoke detectors located in all corridors, lobbies and common areas, or;

    (2) Where the building is provided with an automatic fire alarm system and the exit is a smokeproof enclosure or pressurized stair, or;

    (3) In buildings and stories that require only one exit in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 10 OBC.

    1119-07.2.4 Exit capacity: The capacity of the exits serving a floor shall be sufficient for the occupant load thereof as determined by Chapter 10 OBC 119.

    1119-07.2.5 Corridor enclosure: All corridors serving an occupant load of greater than 30 and openings therein shall provide an effective smoke barrier. All transoms, louvers, doors and other openings shall be closed or shall be self-closing. The use of door stops, wedges and other unapproved hold-open devices is prohibited.

    Exception: Corridors which are in compliance with Chapter 10 OBC.

    1119-07.2.6 Dead-end travel distance: All corridors which serve more than one exit shall provide direct connection to such exits. The length of a dead-end corridor shall not exceed 35 feet (10668 mm) where the building is not equipped throughout with an automatic fire suppression system. The dead-end travel distance limitation shall be increased to 70 feet (21336 mm) where the building is equipped throughout with an automatic fire suppression system.

    1119-07.2.7 Aisles: Aisleways shall have a minimum unobstructed clearance of 44 inches (1118 mm) where serving an occupant load of greater than 50, and 36 inches (914 mm) where serving an occupant load of not greater than 50.

    1119-07.3 Accumulations and storage: Rubbish, garbage of other materials shall not be stored or allowed to accumulate in stairways, passageways, doors, windows, fire escapes, or other means of egress.

    1119-07.4 Fireresistance ratings: The fire resistance rating of floors, walls, ceilings, and other elements and components shall be maintained.

    1119-07.4.1 Maintenance: All required fireresistance rated doors or smoke barriers shall be maintained in good working order, including all hardware necessary for the proper operation thereof. The use of door stops, wedges and other unapproved hold-open devices is prohibited.

    1119-07.5 Fire protection systems: All systems, devices and equipment to detect a fire, actuate an alarm, or suppress or control a fire or any combination thereof shall be maintained in proper operating condition at all times.

    1119-07.5.1 Fire suppression systems: Fire suppression systems shall be maintained in good condition and free from mechanical injury. Sprinkler heads shall be maintained clean, free of corrosion, obstructions, paint, and damage.

    1119-07.5.2 Standpipe systems: Hose connections shall be identified and accessible.

    1119-07.5.3 Fire extinguishers: All portable fire extinguishers shall be visible, accessible, and shall be maintained in an efficient and safe operating condition.

(Ordained by Ord. No. 67-1996, eff. Apr. 5, 1996; a. Ord. No. 357-1998, eff. Oct. 16, 1998; a. Ord. No. 59-2002, eff. March 28, 2002)