Township of Muhlenberg, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Muhlenberg as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Alarm systems — See Ch. 45.
Building construction — See Ch. 54.
Open burning — See Ch. 57.
Fire lanes — See Ch. 67.
Editor's Note:Former Art. I, Fire Prevention Code, adopted 11-18-1996 by Ord. No. 310, was repealed 6-14-2004 by Ord. No. 393.
[Adopted 9-17-2001 by Ord. No. 361]
When rapid access to or within a structure or an area is unduly difficult because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for lifesaving or fire-fighting purposes, the Fire Marshal, or a designate of the Township of Muhlenberg, may require a key safe or safes to be installed by the structure's owner or occupant at the owner's or occupant's sole cost and expense in an accessible location on the structure. The key safe or safes shall be of a type approved by the Township of Muhlenberg and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the Fire Departments. Location of the key safe shall be approved by the Fire Marshal.
The key safe shall contain but not be limited to the following items:
Keys to locked points of ingress or egress whether on the interior or exterior of the structure;
Keys to locked mechanical equipment rooms;
Keys to locked electrical rooms;
Keys to elevator controls;
Keys to fire alarm panels, devices, and systems; and
Keys to other areas as so directed by the Fire Marshal, or a designated alternate.
This article shall apply to:
A structure regardless of use or occupancy containing six or more occupancies within the same structure which use a common external exit access; and
All occupancies having or required to have a fire alarm or fire sprinkler suppression system.
This article shall not apply to any single or duplex residential units; however, it does not prohibit installation of a key safe, if the owner or occupant so desires to provide a key safe for the respective residence.
All existing structures covered by this article shall comply within 12 months of this article's effective date. All newly constructed structures covered by this article, not yet occupied, or structures currently under construction shall comply immediately.
Any person or firm violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed as a separate offense.