Chapter 7 – Fire Prevention & Fire Protection

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CHAPTER 7

 

FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE PROTECTION

 

[See Chapter 5, Codes, Part 4, International Fire Code]

 

 

 

PART 1

 

BURNING WITH AND WITHOUT THE ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT

 

  • 101. General Regulation
  • 102. Burning Allowed Without the Requirement of a Permit
  • 103. Burning Allowed Only After the Issuance of a Permit
  • 104. General Regulations
  • 105. Definitions
  • 106. Permit Forms
  • 107. Penalties

 

 

PART 2

 

ACCESS TO FIRE HYDRANTS

 

  • 201. Obstruction
  • 202. Clear Space Around Hydrants
  • 203. Penalties

 

 

PART 3

 

KEY LOCK BOX ORDINANCE

 

  • 301. Definitions
  • 302. Key Lock Box Required
  • 303. Time of Compliance
  • 304. Key Lock Box Type
  • 305. Location
  • 306. Contents of Lock Box
  • 307. Contact Person
  • 308. Updates Required
  • 309. Violations and Penalties

 

 

 

PART 4

 

PRE-PLAN INFORMATION ORDINANCE

 

  • 401. Definitions
  • 402. Pre-Plan Information Required
  • 403. Time of Compliance
  • 404. Updates Required
  • 405. Violations and Penalties

 

 

 

 

PART 1

 

BURNING WITH AND WITHOUT THE ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT

 

  • 101 GENERAL REGULATION.

 

No person, either directly or indirectly, shall ignite, kindle or maintain any fire or authorize or permit any such fire to be ignited, kindled or maintained on any public or private street, avenue, highway, road or alley, nor on any public or private land within the Township of Hampden, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, except as provided hereinbelow.

 

  • 102 BURNING ALLOWED WITHOUT THE REQUIREMENT OF A PERMIT.

 

  1. Any fire or incineration maintained wholly within a fireplace in the confines of a permanent structure intended for the habitation of human beings.
  2. Any fire or incineration, the sole purpose of which is to cook food or thaw masonry products, provided that said fire is confined to a fireproof container.
  3. Any fire or incineration confined within an approved portable outdoor fireplace used at one and two family dwellings.

 

  • 103 BURNING ALLOWED ONLY AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT.

 

  1. Any fire maintained on property in excess of ten (10) acres used exclusively for agricultural purposes.
  2. Any fire maintained for the sole purpose of clearing and grubbing of land in preparation for development or construction.
  3. Bonfires, however no bonfire shall be conducted within fifty (50) feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread to within fifty (50) feet of a structure or combustible material shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  4. Recreational fires, however no recreational fire shall be conducted within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread to within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure or combustible material shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  5. Any controlled fire set by a bona fide fire company for the purpose of instructing personnel in firefighting.

 

  • 104 GENERAL REGULATIONS.

 

  1. Prohibited Burning: Any fire or incineration that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such burning hazardous will be prohibited.
  2. Extinguishment Authority: The Township Manager, Director of Community Development or any officer of the Hampden Township Police Department is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, other person responsible or the fire department, of burning that creates or adds to a hazardous condition.
  3. Attendance: All fires, incinerations, burning, bonfires, recreational fires and fires or incinerations in an approved portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.  Approved on-site fire extinguishing material such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose, water truck or portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, shall be available for immediate utilization.
  4. Only clean wood shall be permitted to be used as fuel. Yard waste, leaves, rubbish, construction debris and similar materials are prohibited from being used as fuel.
  5. Fee: A fee for a Burn Permit shall be established by resolution from time to time by the Board of Commissioners.
  6. Application for a burn permit shall be made at least ten (10) working days prior to the date of the proposed burn.

 

  • 105 DEFINITIONS.

 

The following words and phrases when used in this Part shall have those meanings as indicated as follows:

 

BONFIRE:  An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes.

CLEAN WOOD:  Natural wood that has not been painted, varnished or coated with a similar material; has not been pressure treated with preservatives; and does not contain resins or glues as in plywood or other composite wood products.

 

OPEN BURNING:  The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber.  Open burning does not include road flares, smudgepots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames, recreational fires or the use of portable outdoor fireplaces.

 

PORTABLE OUTDOOR FIREPLACE:  An appliance or device used for outdoor burning approved by and listed by a recognized testing agency which is installed and used according to the listing and manufacturer’s instructions.  An approved portable, outdoor, solid fuel burning fireplace may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other noncombustible material.  A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening in the top.

 

RECREATIONAL FIRE:  An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, approved portable outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and has a total fuel area of three (3) feet or less in diameter and two (2) feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.

 

  • 106 PERMIT FORMS.

 

The Township Manager and the Director of Community Development are hereby authorized to develop a permit application and permit form.

 

  • 107 PENALTIES.

 

  1. Any person, partnership, association or corporation who or which shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs, may be imprisoned for a term not to exceed 30 days.
  2. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

 

 

PART 2

ACCESS TO FIRE HYDRANTS

  • 201 OBSTRUCTION.

Unobstructed access to fire hydrants shall be maintained at all times except when obstructed by the accumulation of snow and/or ice.  The fire department shall not be deterred or hindered from gaining immediate access to fire protection equipment or fire hydrants.

 

  • 202 CLEAR SPACE AROUND HYDRANTS.

 

A 3-foot (914 mm) clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants except as otherwise required or approved.

 

  • 203 PENALTIES.

 

  1. Any person, partnership, association or corporation who or which shall violate any                               provision of this Ordinance shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil

enforcement proceeding after a hearing before a Magisterial District Judge, pay a

judgment not exceeding $1,000 plus all court costs, together with the Township’s                                reasonable attorney’s fees incurred as a result of such violations; and, in default of                            payment of said fines and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.

 

  1. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

 

 

PART 3

KEY LOCK BOX ORDINANCE

 

  • 301. DEFINITIONS.

 

As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:

 

AUTOMATIC DETECTION SYSTEM – Any engineered system, device, equipment, mechanical, electrical or battery-operated arrangement to activate an alarm or signal of the occurrence of a police, fire, hazard or medical emergency requiring urgent attention and to which police, fire company or EMS personnel are expected to respond.

 

AUTOMATIC SUPPRESSING SYSTEM – An engineered system that automatically detects a fire, activates an alarm and suppresses a fire by applications of an extinguishing agent through fixed piping and nozzle.

 

FIRE COMPANY – All members and equipment of the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.

 

FIRE EMERGENCY – A fire.

 

MANAGER – The Hampden Township manager.

 

MEDICAL EMERGENCY – An emergency involving the health of a person or persons.

 

PERSON – Any person, group, firm, partnership, association, company, corporation or organization of any kind.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT – All members of the Hampden Township Police Department.

 

POLICE EMERGENCY – An incident requiring prompt response by the Police Department.

 

STRUCTURE – That which is built or constructed or a portion thereof.

 

TOWNSHIP – The Township of Hampden, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

 

  • 302. KEY LOCK BOX REQUIRED.

           

  1. The owner of all structures within the township having an automatic detection system and/or an automatic suppression system, including but not limited to, multifamily residential structures, governmental structures, health care facilities, schools, churches, factories, warehouses, businesses, restaurants and places of public assembly, and any other commercial occupancy, shall be equipped with a key lock box at or near the main entrance or in such other location required and approved by the Township Manager or his designee. Single-family residential dwellings having independent means of ingress and egress shall be exempt from this requirement.

 

  • 303. TIME OF COMPLIANCE.

 

  1. The owner of each newly constructed structure subject to this chapter shall have the key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. The owner of each structure in existence on the effective date of this chapter and subject to this chapter shall have one year from the effective date of this chapter to have a key lock box installed and operational.

 

  • 304. KEY LOCK BOX TYPE.

 

  1. The key lock box shall be an Underwriter’s Laboratory type and approved by the Township Manager or his designee. The key lock box will be equipped with a lock which can be opened only with a key that is issued only to the Township Manager or his designee. Emergency vehicles will be equipped with one key that is held in a special security device. The structure owner shall not be able to obtain a key to open the lock box.

 

  • 305. LOCATION.

 

  1. The key lock box shall be mounted on the structure entrance at a height of between four to six feet and within three feet of the direct access port or such other location approved by the Township Manager or his designee. Flush mounted or surface recessed key lock box installations will be permitted, provided that the key lock box is clearly marked. Once the key lock box is installed, the owner of the structure shall contact the Township Manager or his designee during regular office hours to arrange for the owner of the structure to be contacted and visited by the Township Manager or his designee to inspect the key lock box and install the access keys.

 

  • 306. CONTENTS OF LOCK BOX.

 

  1. The key lock box shall contain keys to locked ports of entrance, whether on the interior or exterior of the structure, keys, key cards or fobs to locked mechanical equipment rooms, keys, key cards or fobs to locked electrical rooms, keys, key cards or fobs to elevator controls, keys, key cards or fobs to any fenced or secured area, floor plan of the rooms within the structure denoting any utility disconnects or controls, fire alarm panels or controls and any hazardous materials stored in the structure. If contents of the key lock box must be added or removed, arrangements shall be made with the Township Manager or his designee to visit the structure to open the box, inspect the change of contents and then lock the box.

 

 

 

 

  • 307. CONTACT PERSON.

 

  1. The owner of the structure required to have a key lock box shall provide a list of at least three (3) contact persons, indicating names, home addresses and home telephone numbers and wireless telephone numbers to the Township Manager or his designee. The owner of the structure shall immediately upon any change with respect thereto furnish the Township Manager with such information with respect to such change.

 

  • 308. UPDATES REQUIRED.

 

  1. The owner of the structure required to have a key lock box shall be required to update any keys, key cards or fobs; or any other information or contents contained therein, immediately upon any changes.

 

  • 309. VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES.

 

  1. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, upon summary conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, be imprisoned in the Cumberland County Prison for a period of not more than 30 days. Each day’s violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.

 

(Ord 2016-03, 6/30/2016)

PART 4

PRE-PLAN INFORMATION ORDINANCE

 

  • 401. DEFINITIONS.

 

As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:

 

AUTOMATIC DETECTION SYSTEM – Any engineered system, device, equipment, mechanical, electrical or battery-operated arrangement to activate an alarm or signal of the occurrence of a police, fire, hazard or medical emergency requiring urgent attention and to which police, fire units or EMS personnel are expected to respond.

 

AUTOMATIC SUPPRESSING SYSTEM – An engineered system that automatically detects a fire, activates an alarm and suppresses a fire by applications of an extinguishing agent through fixed piping and nozzle.

 

FIRE COMPANY – All members and equipment of the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.

 

FIRE EMERGENCY – A fire.

 

MANAGER – The Hampden Township manager.

 

MEDICAL EMERGENCY – An emergency involving the health of a person or persons.

 

PERSON – Any person, group, firm, partnership, association, company, corporation or organization of any kind.

 

POLICE EMERGENCY – An incident requiring prompt response by the Police Department.

 

PRE-PLAN WORKSHEET – A document furnished by the Fire Company on which a person or building owner may provide pertinent information concerning a building, structure, or occupancy.  The information is used to pre-plan an emergency response and better facilitate emergency mitigation.

 

STRUCTURE – That which is built or constructed or a portion thereof.

 

TOWNSHIP – The Township of Hampden, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

 

  • 402. PRE-PLAN INFORMATION REQUIRED.

           

  1. The owner of all structures within the township having an automatic detection system and/or an automatic suppression system, including but not limited to, multifamily residential structures, governmental structures, health care facilities, schools, churches, factories, warehouses, businesses, restaurants and places of public assembly, and any other commercial occupancy, shall be required to provide any and all pertinent information on the Fire Company’s Pre-Plan Worksheet to the Township Manager or his designee. Single-family residential dwellings having independent means of ingress and egress shall be exempt from this requirement.

 

  • 403. TIME OF COMPLIANCE.

 

  1. The owner of each newly constructed structure subject to this chapter shall provide the information required in Section 402 of this Part prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. The owner of each structure in existence on the effective date of this chapter and subject to this chapter shall have one year from the effective date of this chapter to provide the information required in Section 402 of this Part

 

  • 404. UPDATES REQUIRED.

 

  1. The owner of the structure required provide the information required in Section 402 of this Part must provide updated information to the Pre-Plan Worksheet immediately upon any changes.

 

 

  • 405. VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES.

 

  1. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, upon summary conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, be imprisoned in the Cumberland County Prison for a period of not more than 30 days. Each day’s violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.

 

(Ord 2016-04, 6/30/2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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