[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill 5-10-1978 by Ord. No. 1070 (Ch. 104 of the 1972 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No single-family dwelling or multiple-occupancy dwelling shall be sold and no structural change, repairs or additions of a value in excess of $500 shall be made thereto unless and until the structure has installed therein an approved fire detection product-of-combustion system.
All single- or multiple-family dwelling units, hotel units and motel units when leased or subleased to another shall be provided with a detector of products-of-combustion system, which shall be permanently wired to a proper unswitched circuit.
The detectors shall be capable of sensing visible or invisible particles of combustion, except that detectors sensitive only to heat are not acceptable. Alarm-signaling devices shall be rated at not less than 85 decibels at 10 feet and shall be clearly audible in adjacent bedrooms when all intervening doors are closed. For the purpose of installation and maintenance only, the applicable section of the National Fire Protection Association No. 74, Standard for the Installation, Maintenance and Use of a Household Fire Warning System, shall be considered accepted engineering practices. All detectors shall be listed by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.
At least one smoke detector shall be installed to protect each sleeping area. A "sleeping area" is defined as the area or areas of the family living unit in which the bedrooms (or sleeping rooms) are located. Where bedrooms or rooms ordinarily used for sleeping are separated by other use areas (such as kitchens or living rooms, but not bathrooms or closets), they shall be considered as separate sleeping areas for the purpose of this section.
At least one smoke detector shall be installed at the head (top) of each stairway leading up to an occupied area in such a manner so as to assure that rising smoke is not obstructed in reaching the detector and that the detector intercepts rising smoke before it reaches the sleeping area.
Compliance with the requirements pertaining to single- or multiple-family dwellings, hotel and motel units shall be required not later than January 1, 1983.
[Amended 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any owner of a building or structure who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute.