Township of Warminster, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 754,[1] 2/21/2019]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Part 4, Fire Prevention and Life Safety Standards, as amended.
The 2015 International Fire Code is hereby adopted by reference and deemed incorporated into the Code as the "Warminster Township Fire Prevention and Life Safety Code."
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Section 101.1 is amended to insert "Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania."
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Section 103 is deleted in its entirety and shall read "Intentionally Left Blank."
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Section 108.4 is added and shall read as follows:
108.4 Other Circumstances. Should no Board of Appeals be appointed, the first level of appeal shall be to the Fire Marshal. The next level of appeal shall be to the Township Manager. The final level of appeal shall be to the Board of Supervisors. All appeals beyond this level shall be to the Pennsylvania Court System.
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Section 109.4 is amended to read as follows:
109.4 Violation Penalties. Persons who shall violate a provision of this Code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, repair or do any work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Code Official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to the above penalties, any person who shall violate a provision of this code, or fail to comply therewith, or with any of the requirements thereof, shall be subject, in addition to the penalties imposed above, to monetary penalties for all court costs, legal costs, attorneys' fees and other miscellaneous costs incurred by Warminster Township during successful prosecution of that person by Warminster Township.
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Section 111.4 is amended to read as follows:
111.4 Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop-work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be in violation of this code and shall be subject to the penalty provisions of Section 109.3 of this code.
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Section 114 is added and shall read as follows:
Section 114 Fire Prevention and Life Safety Inspection.
114.1 General. Warminster Township shall conduct a systematic inspection of all properties within Warminster Township to determine compliance with this code.
•Exception: Single- and multifamily dwellings.
114.2 Frequency. The frequency of inspection shall be determined as necessary by the Fire Code Official.
114.3 Process. Following the first inspection, a report, invoice, and applicable permits will be sent to the occupant via regular mail and/or email for each occupiable space including common areas of a building.
114.4 Reinspection. If during the first inspection any violations of this code are found, a reinspection will take place following the expiration of the time limit identified in the report for the requirements to be corrected. If violations are found at the conclusion of the third reinspection, the occupant will be subject to the penalty provisions of Section 109.3 of this code.
114.5 Fees. An invoice will be issued at the completion of the first inspection and shall be payable within 30 days of the date thereof. Two additional notices will be sent out at 60 and 90 days if payment is not received. If payment is not received within 120 days of the date of the first invoice, the occupant will be subject to the penalty provisions of Section 109.3 of this Code. An additional fee of 50% of the first inspection fee will be assessed for each reinspection that is a result of previous fire code violations that have not been corrected after the second reinspection.
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Section 307 is amended to read as follows:
307.1 Prohibited open burning. Open burning, bonfires, and recreational fires shall be prohibited within Warminster Township.
Exception: Fire Department training where conducted in accordance with state law.
307.2 Portable outdoor fireplaces. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.
307.3 Attendance. Use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
307.4 Extinguishment Authority. The Fire Marshal or designee, Police Department, Fire Department or Code Enforcement Officers are authorized to order the extinguishment of open burning, recreational fires, and/or fires in portable outdoor fireplaces that are offensive or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances create or add to a hazardous situation.
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Section 401.3.2.1 is added and shall read as follows:
401.3.2.1 Resetting of fire alarm systems. Where a building fire alarm system activates for other than tests or maintenance, owners or occupants shall not reset the activated system until the Fire Department arrives and verifies the location of the activated device(s). A fire system reset prior to Fire Department arrival shall constitute a false alarm.
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Section 507.5.1.2 is added and shall read as follows:
507.5.1.2 Hydrant Identification. Any private fire hydrant not owned by the Warminster Township Municipal Authority shall be painted bright red over the entire surface of the hydrant.
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Section 509.3 is added and shall read as follows:
Remote Identification. Where fire protection system controls are not located within five feet of the main entrance, an approved sign shall be posted indicating the location of the fire protection system controls.
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Section 509.4 is added and shall read as follows:
509.4 Remote Annunciation. Where a fire detection system is installed, an annunciator must be located within five feet of the main entrance or in a location approved by the Fire Code Official.
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All appendixes as written in the 2015 International Fire Code are hereby adopted and deemed incorporated into the Code as part of "Warminster Township Fire Prevention and Life Safety Code."
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Section D103.6.3 Sign Spacing is added and shall read as follows:
D103.6.3 Sign spacing. Signs shall be spaced at intervals no greater than 50 feet.
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The geographic limits referred to in certain section of the "Warminster Township Fire Prevention and Life Safety Code" are hereby established as follows:
§5704.2.9.6.1 - Limits for the storage of Class I and Class II liquids in above-ground tanks outside of buildings shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the National Fire Protection Association Codes, Standards, and Guides, and all applicable local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and regulations.
§5706.2.4.4 - Limits for the storage of Class I and Class II liquids in above-ground tanks shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the National Fire Protection Association Codes, Standards, and Guides, and all applicable local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and regulations.
§5806.2. - Limits for the storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the National Fire Protection Association Codes, Standards, and Guides, and all applicable local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and regulations.
§6104.2 - Limits for the storage of liquefied petroleum gas in heavily populated or congested areas shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the National Fire Protection Association Codes, Standards, and Guides, and all applicable local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and regulations.