[Ord. 945, 2/21/2013]
General. The provisions of this Section shall govern the responsibilities of persons for the safe maintenance of all structures.
Elizabethtown Borough hereby adopts, into the existing municipal fire prevention ordinance, all provisions of the International Fire Code of 2009, promulgated by the International Code Council, and any amendments, supplements, revisions, additions or replacements thereto, that pertain solely to existing buildings, existing structures, existing uses and occupancies and existing installations, including but not limited to, fire prevention, fire suppression, smoke control, mechanical systems, and natural fuel gas pipe systems, except that provisions therein concerning distances of open burning, recreational fires and portable outdoor fireplaces shall not apply.
All provisions of the International Fire Code that apply to new buildings, new structures, changes of use or occupancy and new installations that fall within the scope of and under the regulation of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code are not adopted by this Part.
Borough Council shall appoint a Code Compliance Official to administer and enforce the fire prevention ordinance, to include, but not limited to, issuing permits, collecting fees, conducting inspections, taking enforcement action(s) and interpreting provisions of the International Fire Code.
[Ord. 945, 2/21/2013]
The owner of any structure shall provide and maintain firesafety facilities and equipment in compliance with the latest edition of the International Fire Code. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or lease to another for occupancy or use any premises that does not comply with the requirements of this Section and/or the requirements specified in this Chapter.
Every residential building exceeding two stories in height above grade, not including basements, shall be provided with not less than two approved independent exits from each floor above the second floor, fully accessible to each occupant on the floor. See Section R311 of the International Residential Code for additional requirements.
Existing fire escapes shall be accepted as a component in the means of egress in existing buildings only, provided that they are structurally sound and are in approved working condition.
Portable ladders and similar approved emergency escape devices that are mounted to the inside wall are permitted. The approved device shall allow the occupant to descend to a roof or ground level, and if the room is used for sleeping, the individual occupying the room must be able to use the escape device.
Where a new fire escape is proposed or is required by the Code Official in accordance with this Chapter and all applicable Borough Ordinances, the construction requirements must conform to the specifications contained in the International Fire Code and the International Residential Code.
Permanent fire escapes located on the street front portion of a structure must conform to the setback requirements contained in Chapter 27.
Emergency Escape. Requirements for sleeping rooms in the basement shall meet the regulations listed within the International Residential Code and the International Fire Code.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors shall meet the requirements listed in the International Residential Code and the International Fire Code.