[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of West Haven 1-27-1969 by Ord. No. 95. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-27-1989 by Ord. No. 278]
There is hereby adopted by the City of West Haven, for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion, that certain code known as the "Fire Prevention Code," recommended by the American Insurance Association, being particularly the 1976 Edition thereof and the whole thereof, and the October 1976 revision thereof and such further revisions and/or republications as may hereafter take place, save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended by § 105-4 of this chapter, and the same are hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and, from the date on which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions hereof shall be controlling within the corporate limits of the City of West Haven.
The Fire Prevention Code shall be enforced by the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the Fire Departments of the respective fire districts of the City of West Haven.
A report of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be made annually and transmitted to the Board of Fire Commissioners of the respective fire districts.
As used in the Fire Prevention Code, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CHIEF OF THE BUREAU OF FIRE PREVENTION
- The Fire Marshal.
- CORPORATION COUNSEL
- The Corporation Counsel of the City of West Haven or any of his assistants duly authorized to act for him.
- The City of West Haven.
Editor's Note: Amendments, revisions and deletions to the 1965 Edition of the Fire Prevention Code and the 1986 revision thereof were not included at the time of publication of the Code as amendments, revisions and deletions to the 1976 revision of the Fire Prevention Code are under review of the City Council. Upon completion of said review, such amendments, revisions and deletions to the 1976 revision will be included herein.
The Fire Marshal shall have power to modify any of the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code upon application, in writing, by the owner or lessee or his duly authorized agent when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the code, provided that the spirit of the code shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification, when granted or allowed, and the decision of the Fire Marshal thereon shall be entered upon the records of the Department, and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.
Whenever the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall disapprove an application or refuse to grant a permit applied for or when it is claimed that the provisions of the code do not apply or that the true intent and meaning of the code have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal from the decision of the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention to an Appeals Board of the three District Fire Chiefs within 30 days from the date of the decision appealed.
Any person, firm or corporation selling or leasing fire-prevention material, fire-extinguishment equipment or fire-detection systems not connected to the municipal fire alarm systems shall first register with the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention and receive a permit to solicit in the City of West Haven.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of the code hereby adopted or shall fail to have complied herewith or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder or who shall build in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder or any certificate or permit issued thereunder and from which no appeal has been taken or who shall fail to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Appeals Board of the three District Fire Chiefs or by a court of competent jurisdiction, within the time fixed herein, shall severally, for each and every such violation and noncompliance respectively, be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $50 or by imprisonment. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time; and when not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.
The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions.
The owner of any commercial, industrial, multifamily or one- or two-family residential structure having an identified wooden truss assembly shall be required to mount warning signs meeting the following minimum requirements.
Size and construction. Each sign required to be installed shall be a minimum of four-inch-by-six-inch piece of aluminum or stainless steel stock plate with a minimum thickness of 1/8 inch. On said sign shall be a firefighter Maltese cross symbol and in the center of the cross either the letters "R" "F" or "RF" to symbolize roof truss construction, floor truss construction or roof and floor truss construction respectively.
Mounting locations and height from finished grade. A sign shall be mounted directly to the right of each series of entrance doors (front, rear and sides of the building or structure) of a commercial structure at a height of five feet up from the finished grade. Additional signs may be required by the Fire Marshal when the distance between doors would require additional warning signs for visibility by Fire Department personnel. A sign shall be noticed directly to the right of the electric service drop of a residential structure. If the property has a Knox Box® on site, then a sign shall be located directly above the Knox Box®. The local Fire Marshal reserves the right to change the mounting location.
It shall be the responsibility of each property owner to mount, maintain and prevent obstruction of any warning signs required to be mounted on the building or structure.
The identification of a structure with truss construction will be through either a building permit or Fire Department pre-planning. The applicant of a building permit will be directed to the appropriate Fire Marshal's office.