Township of Horsham, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Horsham Township 11-10-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A certain document, three copies of which are on file in the office of the Manager of Horsham Township, being marked and designated as the International Fire Code, 2009 edition (and all successor editions), as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as the fire prevention code of Horsham Township, in the state of Pennsylvania, regulating and governing the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said fire code on file in the office of Horsham Township are hereby referred to, adopted, and made part hereof, as if fully set out in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 109-2 of this chapter.
The following sections are hereby revised:
A. 
Section 101.1 shall be as amended to read as follows:
101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the Fire Prevention Code of Horsham Township, hereinafter referred to as "this code."
B. 
In Section 105.6.16 Flammable and combustible liquids, insert the following paragraph to read as follows:
12. To install, alter, permanently remove, abandon in place or otherwise dispose of a flammable or combustible liquid tank.
C. 
In Section F-106 Inspections, insert the following paragraph to read as follows:
106.5 Periodic inspections. The Fire Code Official shall be authorized to conduct periodic inspections on properties other than those properties erected under the provisions of the International Residential Code. Frequency of said inspections shall be determined by the Fire Code Official based on his / her determination of the fire risk regarding the use, occupancy and level of maintenance of life safety systems in the structure.
D. 
Section 109.3 shall be amended to read as follows:
109.3 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 work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Fire Code Official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine of not more than $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.
E. 
In Section 110.1, Unsafe buildings, general, amend to replace the words "building department" with the words "Building Code Official."
F. 
Section 111.4 shall be 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 liable to a fine of not less than $250 or more than $1,000.
G. 
In Section 202, General definitions, the definition of "fire code official" shall be amended to read as follows:
FIRE CODE OFFICIAL. Wherever the term "fire code official" is used in the fire code, it shall be held to mean the Fire Marshal of Horsham Township or his/her duly authorized representative.
H. 
In Section 307, Open burning, recreational fires and portable outdoor fireplaces, insert the following sections and paragraphs to read as follows:
307.1.2 Prohibition of burning for disposal purposes. In accordance with the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act of July 28, 1988, P.L. 528, No. 101, ("Pennsylvania Act 101") as amended by Act 140 of 2006 and Horsham Township Ordinance No. 2010-2, amending Chapter 185 of the Horsham Township Code, it shall be unlawful for any person to openly burn any material, including the following, at any time within the boundaries of the municipality: household trash, books, magazines, newspapers, cardboard and/or any items that are required to be recycled in the municipality under Pennsylvania Act 101, including yard waste, leaves and scrap lumber or any vegetation, plywood, drywall, plastic products, insulation materials, upholstered furniture, solid waste and/or construction waste as defined by the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and 25 Pa. Code 271.1, garbage, dead animals, human and animal excrement, human and animal hair, rubber products, including tires, hydrocarbon products or flammable liquids, asphalt or tar shingles or roofing materials, bedding, foam rubber, nylon, rayon, cotton, wool, polyester or other synthetic material, insulation from copper or other wiring.
307.1.3 Outdoor fireplaces, outdoor cooking grills, outdoor patio stoves, chimeneas and factory-built metal novelty stoves.
1.
Outdoor fireplaces, outdoor cooking grills, outdoor patio stoves, chimeneas and factory-built metal novelty stoves shall be permitted upon private property within Horsham Township to be used solely for their intended purpose and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
2.
No person shall use outdoor fireplaces, outdoor cooking grills, outdoor patio stoves, chimneys and factory-built metal novelty stoves for the burning of material as outlined in Section 307.1.2
3.
Outdoor fireplaces, outdoor cooking grills, outdoor patio stoves, chimneys and factory-built metal novelty stoves shall not be used indoors or in any enclosed areas that are not properly ventilated.
I. 
In Section 311.2.2 (2), Vacant premises, fire protection, amend to replace the words "fire chief' with the words "fire code official."
J. 
In Section 501.3, General, construction documents, amend to replace the words "fire department" with the words "Fire Code Official."
K. 
In Section 507.5.3 Private fire service mains and water tanks, insert the following paragraph to read as follows:
4.
Private fire hydrants shall be painted all red in a manner approved by the Fire Code Official.
L. 
In Section 912.2, Fire department connections, location, amend to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "Fire Code Official."
M. 
In Section 912.3.2, Fire department connections, clear space around connections, amend to replace the words "fire chief' with the words "Fire Code Official."