[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Rostraver as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-5-1989 as Part 10, Ch. 1, Art. A, of the 1989 Code]
For the purpose of establishing minimum regulations governing the safeguarding of life and property from the hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices; and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the use or occupancy of buildings or premises, the Township of Rostraver adopts as its Fire Prevention Code the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code/1987 (Seventh Edition), as published by Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. Copies of that code have been placed on file at the Township Municipal Building and will remain on file there. The whole of that code, except for those portions that are deleted, amended or modified in the following sections of this article, is adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out verbatim in this article, and from the date on which this Code of Ordinances takes effect, the provisions of that Fire Prevention Code, as amended, shall be controlling in the Township of Rostraver in all matters to which that code is made applicable. In this article, the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code may be referred to as "the code" or "this code."
The Fire Prevention Code adopted in § 93-1 is amended and changed in the following respects:
Whenever the words "name of jurisdiction" appear in brackets in the code, the words "Township of Rostraver" shall be inserted in place of those bracketed words. Likewise, the words "Township of Rostraver" shall be substituted for the word "jurisdiction" where that word appears singly without being preceded by the words "under the."
The words "Board of Township Commissioners" shall be substituted for the term "chief appointing officer" or "appointing authority of the jurisdiction," wherever either of the latter terms appears in the code.
The term "Township Solicitor" shall be substituted for the term "legal counsel of the jurisdiction," wherever the latter term appears in the code.
Wherever the term "Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention," "fire official" or "code official" is used in the code, that term shall mean the Chief of Police or Code Enforcement Officer of the Township as specifically designated from time to time by the Board of Commissioners.
Wherever the term "Fire Prevention Bureau" is used in the code, that term shall mean the Code Enforcement Officer of the Township and, if the Code Enforcement Officer is in charge of any office or bureau of Township government, that office or bureau.
Section F-100.1 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-101.2 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-102.2 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-102.7 of the code is amended to add the following sentence at the end thereof: "Furthermore, the Board of Commissioners shall have authority, at its discretion, to abrogate any rule or regulation or part thereof, in which case that rule or regulation shall cease to be in effect in the Township."
Section F-103.1 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-103.1.1 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-103.6 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-104.2 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Sections F-104.2.1 through F-104.2.6 of the code are deleted.
Section F-104.4 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-104.5 of the code is deleted.
Section F-104.6 of the code is amended to read as follows:
The following new section is added to the code, directly after Section F-104.6.2:
Section F-105.5.1 of the code is amended to read as follows:
Section F-313.1 of the code is amended to read as follows:
The following new section is added directly after Section F-313.2:
The code shall not supersede any provision of the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or of any regulation promulgated by any department or agency of the Commonwealth by authority of law, where such law or regulation is in conflict with or identical to a provision of said code; provided, however, that any provision of said code that is stricter than or in addition to any state law or regulation governing a particular subject or activity shall be in effect and shall be enforced within the Township of Rostraver, subject to the penalties prescribed in the code.
Mention in or regulation by the code adopted by this article of any specific use of property or of any business or industry shall not in itself authorize such use of property or the establishment or carrying on of any such business or industry in the Township. It is hereby declared that the intent of the Board of Commissioners is that permitted and prohibited uses of property in the Township shall be as governed by the Township's Zoning Ordinance, its amendments and supplements.
[Adopted 9-5-1989 as Part 6, Ch. 1, Art. E, of the 1989 Code]
[Amended 2-23-2000 by Ord. No. 421]
Every hotel or motel, nursing home, rooming house or sleeping room within the Township and every apartment house shall be provided with approved smoke detectors as set out hereafter. Said smoke detectors must meet the requirements of the Fire Underwriters Laboratory Tests UL 167, UL 168 or UL 217, or other nationally recognized testing agency.
[Amended 7-7-2004 by Ord. No. 516]
The units as described in this article shall be provided with a detector of products of combustion other than heat. The same shall be permanently wired to an appropriate circuit for new construction after June 1, 1978. When activated, the smoke detectors must sound an alarm which is audible in the area.
[Amended 7-7-2004 by Ord. No. 516]
Each separate sleeping area of a newly constructed or substantially remodeled housing unit after June 1, 1978, shall be equipped with smoke detectors as provided by this article to protect each separate sleeping area and at the head of each basement stairs. Detectors shall also be installed in all other major areas and rooms of the unit, including any basement.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 6-1244, Requirements for existing buildings, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 2-23-2000 by Ord. No. 421.
Smoke detectors shall be located on the ceiling at a minimum of six inches from the wall or on walls at a minimum of six inches from the ceiling.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner of every establishment referred to in § 93-4 to maintain each smoke detector in a reliable condition and to make periodic inspection and tests to ensure that each smoke detector is in proper working condition.
[Amended 2-23-2000 by Ord. No. 421]
All smoke detection equipment installed pursuant to this article shall be of a type approved by the Fire Underwriters or other nationally recognized testing agency.
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall for every such violation, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days.