Town of Mount Pleasant, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 104.
[Adopted 2-14-1989]
This article shall be known as the "False Alarm Code."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTOMATIC DIALER
A device that automatically dials a central station or the Fire Department when activated and delivers a prerecorded message. An automatic dialer calling directly to an emergency telephone number must automatically disconnect after the message is transmitted.
CENTRAL STATION
An office to which remote alarm and supervisory signaling devices are connected and where personnel are in attendance at all times to supervise the circuits and investigate signals.
FALSE ALARM
Includes all alarm signal activation incidents in which investigation by police or fire personnel reveals no evidence of an emergency condition.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
Equipment which automatically actuates a fire alarm when the detecting element is exposed to fire, smoke or abnormal rise or decrease in temperature.
LEASE LINE
An open phone line to a Fire Department or to a central station that transmits a fire alarm.
LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM
One which produces a signal only at the premises protected.
A. 
A permit shall be obtained for the installation of any fire alarm system other than a local alarm system. Prior to installation, a complete set of plans must be submitted for approval by the Fire/Building Inspector. These plans must be accompanied by the application prescribed by the Fire/ Building Inspector and the exact wording of any message that will be transmitted to the Fire Department or central station.
B. 
A permit is required for all existing fire alarm systems other than local alarm systems. The owners of premises having fire alarm systems other than local alarm systems on the effective date of this article shall apply for a permit within 90 days of the effective date of this article.
C. 
Permits must be visibly posted in the immediate vicinity of the main control panel of the fire alarm system.
A. 
All fire alarm systems must be properly maintained at all times. Buildings that are required by law to have fire alarm systems may not be occupied by the public if the system is not operational.
B. 
All fire alarm systems must be tested and serviced annually by a qualified installer and have certification on the equipment stating when the system was serviced.
C. 
If the Fire/Building Inspector or the Fire Chief of the fire district in which the premises is located shall determine that the alarm system is malfunctioning and causing a dangerous situation for the men and equipment of any Fire Department, the system shall be ordered disconnected from the lease line or central station, and the owner or occupant shall comply with such order. The system shall not be reconnected until the system is deemed to be in proper operating condition by a qualified installer submitting a certificate so stating to the Fire/Building Inspector.
D. 
A local alarm system may remain in service unless it is necessary to shut it down for repairs. Once a local alarm system is shut down, it shall not be reconnected until approved by the Fire/Building Inspector.
A. 
A violation of this article or any portion thereof is hereby declared to be an offense punishable by a fine. In the event that false alarms are transmitted to the Fire Department, the Fire/Building Inspector will issue a summons subjecting the owner or occupant of the premises to the following fines:
Number of False Alarms per 12-Month Period
(calendar year or any part thereof)
Fine
First false alarm
No fine
Second false alarm
$50.00
Third false alarm
$100.00
Fourth false alarm
$200.00
For each additional false alarm, add
$100.00
B. 
All fines will be collected and recorded by the Town Clerk.
Except as provided in § 51-5 above, the failure to obey any order of the Fire/Building Inspector or the failure to obtain a permit as provided for in § 51-3 shall constitute a violation punishable by a fine of up to $250 for each and every violation. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.