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1 DE Admin. Code 706
The Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission, pursuant to 16 Del.C. §6604(1), proposes to revise regulation 706 by removing bond requirement for electricians added to the list of installers for the hard-wired smoke detector program.
1.1 Purpose. To establish the minimum life safety requirements for Intermediate Care Facilities for the Intellectually Disabled (ICFID).
1.2 Scope. This Regulation addresses the criteria for utilizing one- and two-family dwellings, either newly constructed or renovated, as an ICFID.
1.3 Application. The application of this Regulation pertains to those facilities that desire to utilize a type of residential occupancy similar to, if not actually, a one- and two-family dwelling, including new construction and/or conversion of existing dwellings. These occupancies shall be reviewed and approved under the New Residential Board and Care occupancy Chapter of the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, and shall include the additional fire protection features required by this Chapter.
Note: For purposes of clarification, these occupancies will NOT be considered Limited Care Facilities as found under the New Health Care occupancy Chapter of the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, except when the issue of “self preservation” can not be affirmatively demonstrated.
Intermediate Care Facilities For The Intellectually Disabled”. Means group homes for eight (8) or fewer persons with intellectual disabilities.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B, of these Regulations, and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B, of these Regulations, and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B, of these Regulations, and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B, of these Regulations, and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B, and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
1.1 Purpose. To establish the minimum fire protection requirements for apartment buildings and multi-family dwellings.
1.2 Scope. This Regulation addresses the criteria for the installation of fire alarm signaling and smoke detection systems in apartment buildings and multi-family dwellings.
1.3 Application. The application of this Regulation pertains to all apartment buildings and multi-family dwellings.
Apartment Buildings”. Any multi-family residential building containing three (3) or more living units with independent cooking and bathroom facilities, whether designated as apartments, tenements, garden apartments, condominiums, or by any other name, including any existing building or structure converted to use as an Apartment Building.
Existing Apartment Buildings”. Any apartment building constructed prior to the adoption of this Regulation.
3.1 Fire Alarm Signaling Systems. All new apartment buildings shall be provided with a fire alarm signaling system in accordance with the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
Note: The sign should be of durable construction and affixed firmly in the immediate vicinity of each pull station. The line of lettering should be a minimum of one half inch (1/2”) high and use a plain font that is easy to read.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
4.1 Smoke Detection Systems Required. All new apartment buildings shall be provided with an automatic smoke detection system in the interior corridors and/or hallways and/or stairways, in accordance with the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, and the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
4.3 Multiple Station Smoke Detectors. In each apartment or residential unit of an apartment building or multi-family residential occupancy, hardwired, battery back-up, single or multiple station smoke detectors shall be installed according to the following:
4.4 Portable Fire Extinguishers. All apartment buildings shall be provided with portable fire extinguishers, placed as follows:
Note: This requirement also appears in Regulation 701, Annex B and reappears in this specific occupancy Chapter for clarification.
Note: This Regulation applies only to the individual living unit entrance doors that open directly to a common interior hallway, stairway, or foyer. It is not to be applied to individual living unit doors within the living unit (such as bedroom doors), nor is it to be applied to the individual living unit doors that lead directly outside (such as a balcony or other exterior exit).
1.1 Purpose. This Regulation is intended to be supplemental in nature to the 16 Del.C., Ch. 66.
1.2 Scope. This Regulation addresses the criteria for the installation of smoke detectors in all residential occupancies.
1.3 Application. The application of this Regulation applies to all residential occupancies, used wholly or in part as a home, residence, dwelling, or sleeping place for one or more persons, either permanent or transient, including, but not limited to, any one- and two-family dwelling, mobile home, modular home, townhouse; lodging, rooming or boarding house; hotel, motel, bed and breakfast facility; dormitory, apartment or multi-family dwelling; board and care facility; or a residential occupancy by any other name, be it rented, leased or owned. (16 Del.C. §6631)
Compliance Date”. The date by which any required new installation or retrofit work must be completed.
Existing Buildings”. Any building erected or built prior to the effective date of the legislation. (16 Del.C. §6631(3)).
Effective Date of Legislation”. 16 Del.C., Chapter 66, relating to Smoke Detectors was enacted on June 30, 1993.
Interconnected Smoke Detectors. Two or more electrically operated smoke detectors wired together or operated through wireless battery power smoke detectors supervised by a listed control panel operating in such a manner so that the operation of any single smoke detector shall cause the alarm in all the smoke detectors and/or audible devices within the dwelling to sound.
Monitored Battery Power Supply”. The type of battery operated smoke detector that is constructed in such a manner as to provide a warning beep or tone when the installed battery is reaching the end of its useful electric charge.
Sleeping Area”. Any room or group of rooms utilized as a sleeping place, that are accessed from a common corridor or hallway. Sleeping areas separated by any other living space shall be considered to be a separate sleeping area.
4.1.6 The smoke detection devices and/or systems shall be hard-wired or operated through wireless battery power and supervised by a listed control panel, into the electrical system of the building or occupancy in accordance with the National Electric Code, NFPA 70, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations.
Note: While not specifically addressed in this Chapter, it is the expressed intent that smoke detection devices be required in individual sleeping rooms pursuant to the standards of the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, and the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, pursuant to the language of this §4.2. If an exception is attainable, then the inference is to be made that the devices are required.
6.5.1 Pursuant to 16 Del.C. §6637(b), a special fund of the State has been created and is known as the "Delaware Fire Detection Fund
6.5.2 Pursuant to 16 Del.C. §6637(b), all moneys, including gifts, bequests, grants or other funds from private or public sources specifically designated for the Delaware Fire Detection Fund shall be deposited or transferred to the Fire Detection Fund. Moneys in the Delaware Fire Detection Fund may be saved and deposited in an interest bearing savings or investment account.
6.5.3 Pursuant to 16 Del.C. §6637(c), moneys from the Delaware Fire Detection Fund shall be expended for the purpose of providing hard-wired smoke detectors with battery back up to Delaware residences lacking smoke detection devices.
6.5.4 Pursuant to 16 Del.C. §6637(c), any moneys received from State-appropriated funds shall only be used for owner-occupied residences.
6.5.5 Pursuant to 16 Del.C. §6637(c), any moneys derived from private sources may be used for any Delaware residences.
Note: Fire experience in outdoor storage of tires reveals a number of concerns, including:
1.2 Scope. This Regulation addresses the criteria for the outdoor storage of more than 100 tires and all disposal sites. Indoor storage of tires shall be governed by the applicable standards, as adopted and/or modified in Annex A and Annex B of these Regulations.
1.3 Application. The application of this Regulation pertains to all outdoor storage of tires and all disposal sites.
1.4 Permit Required. It shall be unlawful to store tires without first obtaining a permit in accordance with Regulation 701, Chapter 3.
Aisle”. An accessible clear space between storage piles or groups of piles suitable for housekeeping operations, visual inspection of piling areas, and initial firefighting operations.
Clear Space”. Any area free of combustible materials. This does not preclude the storage of non-combustible materials that will not transmit an exposed fire.
Fire Lane”. A clear space suitable for firefighting access and operations by motorized fire apparatus. See also Regulation 705, Chapter 5.
Scrap Tire”. A tire that is no longer suitable for vehicular use.
Units (Equivalent Passenger)”. One average size passenger tire weighing approximately 25 pounds.
Yard”. The outdoor areas where tires and scrap tires are stored, and includes the entire area located inside the security fence.
Note: The fire hazard potential inherent in tire storage and disposal operations can best be controlled by a positive fire prevention program. Additionally, included should be consideration of topography, since oil accumulations or runoff can be expected in a fire condition.
3.2 Appropriate steps shall be taken to limit access to the tire storage area in accordance with §5.2 of this Chapter.
4.2.5 If the minimum distance required in §4.2.4 cannot be provided, a Two Hour Rated Fire Wall (Class “B” Fire Barrier) shall be provided in accordance with Regulation 702, Chapter 2. This Two Hour Rated Wall shall be equal to or exceed the height of the pile(s).
1.1 Purpose. This Regulation is supplemental in nature and provides a method to reasonably maintain up to the maximum occupant load in places of assembly, as defined by the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations.
1.2 Scope. This Regulation establishes a point of primary entrance and exit to places of assembly that will be utilized to control the occupant load.
1.3 Application. This Regulation applies to all places of assembly where the Office of the State Fire Marshal has established, posted, and recorded the maximum occupant load.
1.1 Purpose. To establish minimum life safety requirements for special amusement buildings known as Haunted Houses when used on a seasonal basis.
1.2 Scope. This Regulation may be utilized in the application for a permit for occupancies commonly known as Haunted Houses used on a seasonal basis. “Seasonal basis” in this Chapter shall mean operating and/or open to the public during either the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, within a calendar year.
1.3 Permit Required.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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