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Fire Code – Local Amendments

Portions of ordinances, which were adopted by Mt. Lebanon on or before July 1, 1999 and which are equal to or exceed the requirements of the Code, as incorporated into the 2009 International Fire Code.

 

MT. LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA

 

ORDINANCE NO. 3216 

 

An Ordinance of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Amending the Mt. Lebanon Code, Chapter IV, Part 4, Fire Code, and adopting certain provisions of the 2009 International Fire Code, which were not adopted in the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, as the Fire Prevention Code, with local amendments retained from previously enacted fire codes, establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions, maintenance, operations and other physical things of all existing property, existing buildings and structures, and existing building systems.

WHEREAS, the Commission is authorized to adopt standard or nationally recognized codes;

WHEREAS, the Mt. Lebanon Board of Commissioners desires to amend Chapter IV, “Fire Prevention and Fire Protection” of Mt. Lebanon’s Code of Ordinances, for the purpose of adopting the 2009 International Fire Code, with local amendments, which were not adopted in the Pennsylvania Construction Code, or do not conflict with building code ordinances or portions of building code ordinances adopted by Mt. Lebanon on or before July 1, 1999,  as Mt. Lebanon’s Fire Prevention Code establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions, maintenance, operations and other physical things of all existing property, existing buildings and structures, and existing building systems.

WHEREAS, this Ordinance shall have no effect on Mt. Lebanon’s enforcement of provisions of the 2009 International Fire Code, and successor editions, that are adopted in Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED by the Board of Commissioners of Mt. Lebanon, County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as follows:

 

 PART 4

FIRE CODE

§401.  Definitions.  For the purpose of this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning respectively ascribed to them in this Section unless from the particular context it clearly appears that some other meaning is intended.  Other than words in this Section, those words which are defined in the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, shall have the same definition as that employed in the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition.

EXISITNG – Buildings, facilities, or conditions that are already in existence or constructed, or officially authorized prior to adoption of this code.

NEW –  Buildings, renovations, additions, facilities or conditions not in existence prior to the adoption of this code.  Such buildings, facilities or conditions shall be regulated by the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, as amended.

§402  Adoption of Provisions in the International Fire Code.  The Municipality of Mt. Lebanon hereby adopts, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for regulating and governing the safe-guarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazard arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials, and devices and from conditions hazardous to life or property in occupancy of building and premises in Mt. Lebanon, including administration, enforcement and penalties, the following provisions of the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, or any subsequent edition(s), if any, save and except such portions as are herein after deleted, modified, or amended of which three (3) copies have been and are now on file in the office of the Fire Code Official and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference as fully as if set out at length herein:

 Adopted Provisions of the International Fire Code.

 §101.1 as amended below;

 §101.2 through §101.2.1;

 §101.3 through §101.5;

 §102.2 in its entirety;

 §103 in its entirety;

 §104.1 through §104.6.4;

 §104.10 through §104.11.3;

 §105.1 through §105.1.1;

 §105.1.2 as amended below:

 §105.1.3;

 §105.2 through §105.2.3;

 §105.2.4 as amended below;

 §105.3.2 as amended below;

 §105.6 through §105.6.46;

 §105.7 through §105.7.14;

 §106.1 through §106.2;

 §107 in its entirety;

 §108.1 as amended below;

 §109.1 through §109.2.4;

 §109.3 as amended below:

 §110.2;

 §111.3;

 §112.1

 §113.1 as amended below:

 §301.1 through §308.1.2;

 §308.1.3 as amended below:

 §308.1.4 through §310.1;

 §310.2 as amended below:

 §310.3 through §314.4;

 §315.1 as amended below;

 §315.2 through §315.2.2;

 §315.2.3 as amended below;

 §315.2.4 through §317.1;

 Chapter 4 in its entirety;

 §503.1 through §503.6;

 §504.2;

 §505.1 as amended below;

 §506.1 as amended below:

 §506.1.1 through §506.2;

 §507.5.2 through §507.5.5;

 §510 in its entirety;

 §603.4 through §603.5.2;

 §603.7 in its entirety;

 §605 in its entirety;

 §608.1 through §608.8;

 §609.3 through §609.3.4;

 Chapter 7 in its entirety;

 §805 through §808, as amended below:

 §901.6 through §901.9;

 §903.5;

 §904.11.5 through §904.11.6.3;

 §906 in its entirety;

 §907.9 through §907.9.2;

 §907.9.5;

 §908.7 of the 2012 IFC, as amended below:

 §909.20 through §909.20.5;

 §912.3 through §912.6;

 §913.5;

 §1014.4 through §10.14.6 added;

 §1030 in its entirety;

 §1205 through §1207 in its entirety;

 Chapter 13 in its entirety;

 Chapter 15 in its entirety;

 Chapter 17 in its entirety;

 Chapter 19 in its entirety;

 Chapter 21 through Chapter 44 in their entirety;

 Chapter 47 only as referenced by adopted provisions.

 Appendices E through I.

§403  Amendments Made in 2009 International Fire Code.  In order to complete this chapter, the following information shall be inserted in the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, or any successor edition(s).

110.1 Title.  These regulations shall be known as the Fire Code of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, hereinafter referred to as “this code.”

105.1.2 Types of permits.  There shall be two types of permits as follows:

Operational permit.  An operational permit allows the applicant to conduct an operation or business for which a permit is required by Section 105.6 for either:

 1.1  A prescribed period equal to the predicted duration of the activity for which the permit was issued.  The prescribed period shall not exceed one year.

 1.2   Until renewed or revoked.

105.2.4 Action on application / renewal of application.    

The fire code official shall examine or cause to be examined all applications for permits / permit renewals and amendments thereto within a reasonable time after filing.  The fire code official shall inspect or cause to be inspected the operation for which the application / renewal has been filed.  If the application / renewal of the operation do not conform to the requirements of pertinent laws, the fire code official shall reject such application / renewal in writing, stating the reasons therefor.  If the fire code official is satisfied that the proposed operation conforms to the requirements of this code and all laws and ordinances applicable thereto, the fire code official shall issue a permit / renewal therefor as soon as practicable. 

105.3.2  Extensions.  A permittee holding an unexpired permit shall have the right to apply for an extension of the time within which the permittee will commence work under that permit when work is unable to be commenced within the time required by this section for good and satisfactory reasons.  The fire code official is authorized to grant, in writing, one extension of that time period of a permit for a period not more than 90 days.  Such extensions shall be requested by the permit holder in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

108.1  Board of appeals established.  Any owner or person who is aggrieved with the ruling or decision of the code official in any matter relative to the interpretation or enforcement of any of the provisions of this fire prevention code, may appeal such decision or interpretation to the Mt. Lebanon Codes Review Board in accordance with the Mt. Lebanon Code, Chapter I, § 54, and the bylaws of such board.  The decisions of the Codes review Board shall be subject to the appropriate appeal procedures as provided by the law. 

109.3  Violation penalties.  Persons who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a Summary Offense, punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand ($1,000) dollars or by imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.  Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed as a separate offense.

113.1 Fees.  A permit shall not be issued until the fees have been paid, nor shall an amendment to a permit be released until the additional fee, if any, has been paid.  Fees for permits required by this Code shall be established by resolution adopted by the Mt. Lebanon Commission.  Renewal fees shall be the same as the first time permit fees.  Renewal fees shall be due and payable at the time of the filing for a permit renewal. 

308.1.3.1  Torches for removing paint and removing/applying roofing.  Persons utilizing a torch or other flame producing device for removing pain or the application and/or removal of roofing or other materials to a structure shall comply with the following:

  1.  An operating kettle, where applicable, shall be attended by a minimum of one employee knowledgeable of the operations and hazards.  The employee shall be within 100 feet (30.48 m) of the kettle and have the kettle within sight.  Ladders or similar obstacles shall not form a part of the route between the attendant and the kettle.
  2. There shall be a portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 and with a minimum 40-B:C rating within 25 feet (7.62 m) of each asphalt (tar) kettle during the period such kettle is being utilized, and one additional portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 40-B:C rating on the roof being covered. 
  3. Provide a minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 and with a minimum 4-A rating, two portable fire extinguishers, each with a minimum 2-A rating, or a water hose connected to a water supply on the premises where such burning is done.  The person doing the burning shall remain on the premises one hour after the torch or flame-producing device is utilized. 
  4. A permit in accordance with Section 105.6 shall be secured from the fire code official prior to the utilization of a torch or flame-producing device to remove paint or remove/apply roofing or other material to a structure.

310.2  Prohibited areas.  Smoking shall be prohibited where conditions are such as to make smoking a hazard, including areas of piers, wharves, warehouses, stores, industrial plants, institutions, schools, assembly occupancies, elevators, spaces where combustible materials are stored or handled and other locations as determined by the code official. 

315.1  General.  Storage, use and handling of miscellaneous flammable and/or combustible materials shall be in accordance with this section.  A permit shall be obtained in accordance with Section 105.6.

315.2.3  Equipment rooms and service equipment.  Combustible and or flammable materials shall not be stored in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms or electrical equipment rooms.  A minimum clearance area of three 3 feet (0.915 m) shall be maintained around all building service equipment, including electric panels, gas shutoffs, water shutoffs, transformers, fire protection system equipment and telecommunications equipment.  Aisle ways or clear access must be maintained to all service equipment.

505.1 Address identification.  Existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.  These numbers shall contrast with their background.  Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters.  Number shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of o.5 inch.  Where access is by means of a private road and the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure.

506.1 Where required.  Where access to or within a building or occupancy is unduly difficult due to secured openings; or, where immediate access for life saving or firefighting is necessary; or, where the building or occupancy contains automatic fire suppression or fire protective signaling systems with controls located in secured locations, as determined by the fire department, a Knox Box brand key box shall be required.  The box shall be of an approved design and shall be installed in a location approved by the fire department.  The box shall contain necessary keys to access the common areas of the building or occupancy.

805 UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE AND MATTRESSES IN EXISTING BUILDINGS

806  DECORATIVE VEGITATION IN EXISTING BUILDINGS

807  DECORATIVE MATERIALS OTHER THAN DECORATIVE VEGITATION IN EXISTING BUILDINGS

§908.7 Carbon monoxide alarms. Group R occupancies located in a building containing a fuel-burning appliance or in a building which has an attached garage shall be equipped with single-station carbon monoxide laws. The carbon monoxide alarms shall be listed as complying with UL 2034 and be installed and maintained in accordance with NFPA 720 and the manufacturer’s instructions. An open parking garage, as defined in Chapter 2 of the International Building Code, or an enclosed parking garage ventilated in accordance with Section 404 of the International Mechanical Code shall not be considered an attached garage.

Exception: Sleeping units or dwelling units which do not themselves contain a fuel-burning appliance or have an attached garage, but which are located in a building with a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage, need not be equipped with single-station carbon monoxide alarms provided that:

1. The sleeping unit or dwelling unit is located more than one story above or below any story which contains a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage;
2. The sleeping unit or dwelling unit is not connected by duct work or ventilation shafts to any room containing a fuel-burning appliance or to an attached garage; and
3. The building is equipped with a common area carbon monoxide alarm that is connected to the building’s fire alarm system.

1014.4  Amusement device clearance.   The clearance of all non-player sides for an amusement device shall comply with the device manufacturer’s installation requirements. 

1014.5  Player clearance.  A clear floor area shall be maintained at the amusement device access point or player side.  This space shall be measured the full dimension of the amusement device on the access point side or player side and extend out from the device no less than 36 inches.

1014.6.  Amusement area egress.  In each room or space where amusement devices are located, the arrangement of the devices shall be such as to provide clear access by aisles to each egress door.  Aisles leading directly to an egress door shall not have less than 44 inches clear width.  Aisles shall not be obstructed by any permanent object or moveable objects such as chairs, tables or other objects.  The required aisle and required player clearance shall not overlap.