[Adopted 9-17-2002 by Ord. No. 02-17 (Sec. 19-7 of the 2002 Revised General Ordinances)]
When a building within the Township of Clark is protected by an automatic fire alarm system or sprinkler system and/or access to or within a building, or an area within that building, is unduly difficult because of secured openings, and where immediate access is necessary for lifesaving or fire-fighting purposes, a key box system shall be installed by the owner at a location approved by the Township of Clark Fire Official/Fire Marshal/Fire Code Official. This key box shall be of a type and size approved by the Fire Official/Fire Marshal/Fire Code Official to be compatible with the system used in the Township of Clark. The Fire Official/Fire Marshal/Fire Code Official requires the key box to have a tamper switch which could be connected to the building's fire/burglar alarm system.
Any apartment building or other rental building containing four or more residential living units and in which access to the building or to common areas or mechanical/electrical rooms within the building is denied through locked doors shall also be required to install the approved key box system.
The term "building" used herein means any building or structure located in the Township of Clark, whether privately or publicly owned, including, without limitation, any building owned by the Township of Clark, the Clark Board of Education or any other public, quasi-public, or private entity or person; provided, however, that this article shall not apply to owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings.
The rapid-response key boxes shall contain the following:
Keys to locked points of egress, whether in interior or exterior buildings.
Keys to the locked mechanical/electrical rooms.
Keys to the locked elevator rooms and keys to the elevator controls.
Keys to any other areas as may be required by the Fire Official/Fire Marshal/Fire Code Official.
A card containing the emergency contact people and phone numbers for such buildings.
Any access/reset codes necessary to silence and/or reset the system.
In addition, floor plans of the rooms within the buildings may be required.
All existing buildings shall comply with this article within six months of the effective date of this article. All newly constructed buildings not yet occupied or buildings currently under construction and all buildings or businesses applying for a certificate of occupancy shall comply immediately.
Editor's Note: This article, adopted by Ordinance No. 02-17, became effective October 6, 2002.
Any violation of any of the provisions of this article or of any codes adopted or enforced hereby shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, of the Code of the Township of Clark, unless another penalty is specifically set forth in this article by state law or in such Code.