Borough of East Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 1; as amended by Ord. 269, 6/26/1967, § 1; and by Ord. 422, 1/3/1994, § 1]
1. 
No person, firm or corporation in possession of, or having control of, any building or premises in the Borough of East Lansdowne, shall permit or allow therein or thereon any fire hazard or any installation, construction, equipment, matter or thing which, by reason of not being installed, constructed or maintained according to recognized standards and practices for the prevention of fire, creates or produces a danger to persons or property from fire.
2. 
No person, firm or corporation in possession of, or having control of, any building or premises in the Borough of East Lansdowne, shall permit or allow the burning of any rubbish, trash, refuse or any other materials at any time.
3. 
The burning of leaves shall not be permissible within the Borough of East Lansdowne.
4. 
No person or persons shall burn or cause to be burned any leaves upon any of the streets, sidewalks, alleys or public grounds in the Borough of East Lansdowne.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 5]
The Fire Marshal, or his authorized representative may at all reasonable hours and not less than twice yearly, enter any public building or any private building used for any business, commercial or industrial purpose and any apartment or converted home with two or more apartments, for the purpose of making any inspection or investigation which he may deem necessary for the prevention of fire and to secure the safety of persons from fire.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 6]
The Fire Marshal, or his authorized representative, shall not less than twice yearly, inspect all hazardous manufacturing processes, storages or installations of gases, explosives and flammable materials, all interior fire alarms and automatic prinkler systems, and such other hazards or appliances as the Fire Marshal shall deem advisable in the prevention of fire, and he shall make such orders as may be necessary to make the aforesaid things or any of them comply with recognized standards and practices for the prevention of fire.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 7]
Whenever the said Fire Marshal, or his authorized representative, shall find that in any building or upon any premises covered by this Part, combustible or explosive matter or dangerous accumulations of rubbish or unnecessary accumulation of waste paper, boxes, shavings, or any highly flammable materials, and which is so situated as to endanger property; or shall find obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors or windows, liable to interfere with the operation of the Fire Department or egress of occupants in case of fire, he shall order the same to be removed or remedied.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 8]
Whenever the said Fire Marshal, or his authorized representative, shall find any building or other structure covered by this Part, which for want of repairs, lack of sufficient fire escapes, automatic or other fire alarm apparatus or fire extinguishing equipment, or by reason of age, or dilapidated condition, or from any other cause, is especially liable to fire, and which is so situated as to endanger other property or the occupants thereof, and whenever such officer, or his authorized representative, shall find in any building covered by this Part, combustible or explosive matter or flammable conditions dangerous to the safety of such building or the occupants thereof, he shall order such dangerous conditions or materials to be removed or to be remedied in accordance with recognized standards and practices for the prevention of fire.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 9]
The Fire Marshal shall keep a record of fires and of all facts concerning the same, including statistics as to the extent of such fires, time, and damage caused thereby. All such records shall be public.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 10]
Permits and/or licenses shall be required from the Fire Marshal pursuant to this Part, to have, keep, store, use, manufacture, sell and handle flammable materials and rubbish, and to construct, operate or maintain establishments hereinafter specified.
A permit shall constitute permission to establish, maintain, store or handle materials or conduct processes which produce conditions hazardous to life or property. It shall be specific as to location, conditions and materials covered. It shall not be transferable, and any change in use or occupancy of premises, shall require a new permit. It shall be issued for an indefinite period with power to revoke it at any time for failure to comply with regulations.
A license shall be the authority issued by the Fire Marshal, independently or jointly with any other municipal authority, for the conducting of a business, trade or occupation, calling for a definite period.
Permits and/or licenses shall be required for the following:
Acetylene generators exceeding 5 pounds capacity
Apartments
Automobile repair garages
Automobile wrecking and junk yards
Automobile tire rebuilding plants
Blasting
Bonfires
Calcium carbide exceeding 100 pounds
Dry cleaning
Explosives; transportation, storage or use of
Establishments covered by Pennsylvania Fire & Panic Laws
Flammable liquids; jobber in
Flammable liquids; manufacturing/use of
Flammable liquids; retail dealers in
Garages; public
Hazardous chemicals; storage of
Incinerators
Liquified gases
Matches; in excess of 60 matchman's gross
Nitrocellulose film; storage, handling, use or display of
Oil refinery
Packing cases; storage of
Pyrotechnic Displays
Pyroxylin plastic (over 100 pounds); storage and handling
Pyroxylin plastic; manufacturing of articles
Refrigerants; storage in excess of 20 pounds
[Ord. 304, 3/12/1973]
Installation, storage and use of liquified petroleum, known as propane gas, and any other type of flammable compressed gas, shall be in accordance with the following:
1. 
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of installing liquefied petroleum or any other type of flammable compressed gas systems or equipment without first securing a license from the Fire Marshal of the Borough of East Lansdowne. Such license shall be renewed annually and shall be subject to revocation upon any violation of any provision of this Part. The fee for such license shall be as established by resolution of Borough Council.
2. 
Before any installation is commenced, a permit for each system connected to liquefied petroleum or propane gas, or any other type of flammable compressed gas, must be applied for and obtained from the Fire Marshal of the Borough of East Lansdowne. Application for such permit shall indicate the premises where such installation is to be made, the date of installation and any other information required by the Fire Marshal. The fee for installation permits shall be as established by resolution of Borough Council.
3. 
Containers or tanks shall be set on a firm foundation constructed of cement or masonry.
4. 
Containers or tanks shall be surrounded by a solid concrete wall, the height of the container or tank. Containers or tanks shall be placed at least one (1) foot from such wall and shall be set in sand to the height of the container or tank.
5. 
No container or tank may be placed within three (3) feet of any doorway or window.
6. 
No container or tank may be placed within ten (10) feet of any property line.
7. 
The filling pipe inlet shall not be located inside a building. The filling pipe shall be protected against mechanical injury and tampering by unauthorized persons. Each container shall have approved back pressure check valves to prevent discharge of contents in case connections are broken.
8. 
Piping shall be wrought iron, steel, brass or copper. The use of aluminum or cast iron is prohibited. Piping shall be suitable for a safe working pressure of one hundred twenty-five (125) pounds. Piping shall be securely fastened to the wall or building. Piping shall have a manual shut-off valve near appliance.
9. 
Appliances must have an automatic shut-off pilot on burner. Appliances shall not be connected by simply pushing hose on fittings. Hoses must have approved fittings on each end.
10. 
The Fire Marshal shall inspect the system at the time of installation and at least two times each year thereafter.
11. 
The owner of any property wherein installation has been made for the use of liquified petroleum or propane gas, or any other type of flammable compressed gas systems or equipment, shall annually apply for and obtain from the Fire Marshal a license for each and every property.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 11; as amended by Ord. 378, 2/17/1986; by Ord. 415, 12/17/1990, § 1; and by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
All permits and licenses required herein and by the provisons hereof, shall be obtained by the owner of the building, upon written application on a form to be obtained from the Fire Marshall, to be accompanied by a permit or license fee to be established by resolution by the Borough Council, for each business and for each apartment located in the building, per year, to be accounted for and paid by the owner of the building to the Borough of East Lansdowne. The permit or license fee shall be set, in future, by resolution of the Borough Council. A record of all applications and permits issued shall be kept by the Fire Marshal and filed with the Borough Secretary at the end of March, June, September and December of each year.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 13]
The "recognized standards and practices for the prevention of fire" shall be held to mean the standard practices and requirements set forth by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, and as from time to time adopted by said Board.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 14]
The owner, occupant or person in charge of or managing any building or premises covered by this Part, shall forthwith, after notice from the Fire Marshal so to do, correct any condition in such building or premises, so that the premises, building, processes or materials shall be in such condition as to comply with the recognized standards and practices for the prevention of fire.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 15]
The Fire Marshal or his authorized representative, shall not solicit sales of any fire protective appliances in conjunction with the enforcement of this Part.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 16]
The failure or neglect of any person, responsible hereunder, to comply with any order of the Fire Marshal, made pursuant to the provisions of this Part, shall be deemed to be a violation of this Part.
[Ord. 175, 5/9/1955, § 17; as amended by Ord. 329, 3/13/1978; and by Ord. 401, 7/11/1988; and by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00); plus costs, and in default of said fines and costs to a term of imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days. Every day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 110, 4/14/1928, § 1]
It shall be unlawful and it is hereby forbidden and prohibited for any person, persons, firm or corporation to store, sell, offer or expose for sale, or have in possession with intent to sell or use, discharge or cause to be discharged, ignited, fired or otherwise set in action within the limits of the Borough of East Lansdowne, any fireworks, fire crackers, rockets, sparklers, torpedoes, roman candles, fire balloons, or other fireworks or substance of any combustion whatever, designed or intended for pyrotechnic display; except after having obtained a license as hereinafter provided.
[Ord. 110, 4/14/1928, § 3; as amended by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
Licenses for the public display of fireworks by properly qualified individuals or corporations, or by the Borough officials under the direct supervision of experts in the handling of fireworks, may be issued by the Borough Secretary in such form as may be described, and upon furnishing such information as may be required, provided, that such display or displays may be of such character and so located, discharged or fired, as in the opinion of the Fire Marshall, after proper inspection, shall not be hazardous to property, or endanger any person or persons; provided that the application for such license shall be made at least ten (10) days in advance of the date of display.
[Ord. 110, 4/14/1928, § 4; as amended by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
Such fireworks or devices for pyrotechnic display may be stored within the limits of the Borough of East Lansdowne, when the license for such storage has been issued, as herein provided; provided the building or premises in or upon which such storage is to be made, have been properly inspected by the Fire Marshall, and certified to the Secretary as a proper place for such storage. Provided, that no license shall be issued for such storage within five hundred feet of a school, hospital, church or other public institution, or any building used as a place of public assembly.
[Ord. 110, 4/14/1928, § 5]
The provisions of this Part shall not apply to articles of the kind and nature herein mentioned, which shall be in the possession of railroads or transportation companies, for the purpose of transportation, unless the same shall be held voluntarily by such railroads or companies, as warehousemen; provided that none of the provisions of this Part shall apply to signalling devices used by railroad companies.
[Ord. 110, 4/14/1928, § 6; as amended by Ord. 401, 7/11/1988; and by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus costs; and in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days. Every day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 110, 4/14/1928, § 7; as amended by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
The Police Department and/or the Fire Marshal, with the approval of the Mayor, shall seize, take, remove or cause to be removed, at the expense of the owner, all stores of fireworks or combustibles offered or exposed for sale, stored, or held in violation of this Part.