Humboldt County Fire Chief's Fire & Life Safety Standards

Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Smoke Detectors

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: Uniform Fire Code 1006.2.9.1, 2001 Edition, California Building Code 310.14.12.1, 2001 edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

Smoke detectors installed in apartment units, and hotel/motel rooms, shall have for the area or hallway contiguous to the kitchen/dining area and bathrooms a smoke detector of photoelectric design and interconnected to other detectors as required. Smoke detectors are to be installed according to the manufactures instructions. Generally, it is best to mount smoke detectors on ceiling as opposed to walls. If mounted on a wall, the smoke detector must not be any closer to the ceiling than four inches and no farther from the ceiling than twelve inches. Do not place smoke detectors in kitchens or where they can be activated by cooking smoke or near a bathroom where they may be activated by steam. Do not place them near florescent lights where electronic noise can cause nuisance alarms. Smoke detector batteries should be replaced twice a year. It is best to change smoke detector batteries when you change the times on your clocks for adjustments due to daylight savings times. Keep your smoke detectors clear of dust and debris. Test your smoke detectors monthly.


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Key Vaults

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 902.4, 2001 Edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

Key vaults, (Knox Boxes), shall be installed, when possible, near the main entrance, gate, or other acceptable location, readily visible, and at a height not to exceed 6 feet, 8 inches from surface grade directly below the installation.
The product reflective sticker shall be installed on the main door, or adjacent window, gate, box surface, and at other entrance locations as deemed necessary by the fire department.
Key vaults shall be installed at all occupancies where:
· A fire alarm system is required,
· A sprinkler system is required,
· There is restricted access for fire service activities, or
· The occupancy is equipped with an emergency health notification service.
 

Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Fire Department Connections

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 1003, 2000 Edition,

and NFPA 13

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

Fire Department Connections:

 

The Fire Department Connection (FDC) shall be installed at a location acceptable to the local fire authority having jurisdiction. When space allows, the FDC shall be located remote from the protected building, at a location accessible by a fire engine, (street, access road, driveway, etc.), and near a fire hydrant acceptable to the fire department.

The FDC shall be installed such that the opening(s) is at a 45 degrees downward angle to prevent objects placed in an unprotected opening remaining in the connection.

The FDC line shall be “wet” with a check valve placed as close to the connection as possible. The FDC’s are to be 2 ½” diameter female National Standard Thread installed 18” to 48” from grade.

Metal caps or threaded plugs shall be installed and maintained on the connection to prevent trash, bottles, and other foreign objects from being placed inside the connection.

All new FDC’s as of June 1, 2003, shall be equipped with approved locking caps for each opening equipped.

When not readily visible from the street, additional markings, (“FDC”), may be required.

The FDC shall be within 200 feet of the protected structure and within 50 feet of a fire hydrant.

 

Fire Sprinkler System Alarm Monitoring:

 

CFC 1003.3.1, 2001 edition, states, "All valves controlling the water supply for automatic sprinkler systems and water flow switches on all sprinkler systems shall be electronically monitored for integrity..." These monitored systems are required to be transmitted to an approved central station, remote station or proprietary station. All new or remodeled systems as of June 1, 2003, shall provide evidence of a written service and maintenance agreement with an approved alarm company that shall include, at least, quarterly water flow alarm testing procedures.

 

Fire Sprinkler System Inspector Test Valve:

 

The Inspector Test orifice shall be restricted to the size of the lowest K-factor found in the system to be tested and shall be located at the end of the hydraulically most remote line in the system. In any case, the Inspector Test and associated control valve shall be installed where approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

 


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Automatic Sprinkler System Alarm Monitoring & Testing

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 1003.3.1, 2000 Edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

CFC 1003.3.1, 2000 edition, states, "All valves controlling the water supply for automatic sprinkler systems and water flow switches on all sprinkler systems shall be electronically monitored for integrity..." These monitored systems are required to be transmitted to an approved central station, remote station or proprietary station. All new or remodeled systems as of June 1, 2003, shall provide evidence of a written service and maintenance agreement with an approved alarm company that shall include, at least, quarterly water flow alarm testing procedures.

 


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Cooking Hood Fire Extinguishing Systems

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 1005, 2001 Edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

Hoods; new installations shall meet current prevailing code(s); existing hoods shall be permitted provided they met the code in force at the time of their current installation and do not pose a threat as determined by the fire and building officials having jurisdiction.

Systems; new installations shall meet current code and shall be UL 300 compliant; existing systems shall be serviced and maintained in accordance with current state code(s) and the original manufacturers listing requirements. Servicing shall be performed by entities qualified to perform the service. Systems installed after January 1, 2002 shall have an approved “Type K” fire extinguisher located not more than 30 feet from the cooking appliances.

· Exception: Existing system may continue to use Class B fire extinguishers, although this is not recommended.

Hood lights shall be interconnected with the hood fan system so the hood lights will only be illuminated when the fan for the hood is in operation.


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Premises Identification

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 901.4.4, 2001 Edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

Consistent with the provisions of section 901.4.4 of the CFC, 2001 edition:

 

All primary occupancies on each parcel shall display address identification. Secondary buildings, small storage sheds, detached garages and other buildings that support the primary occupancy are not required to display address identification.

 

Those structures that have access directly from a public street, or privately maintained access roadway shall display their address identification in a position that is clearly visible from the normal access route.

 

In those cases where the structure is not visible from the primary access roadway, a permanent address sign shall be placed at the intersection of the access roadway, and the driveway or access route to the structure.

 

Buildings constructed on properties that have minimal or no frontage on the normal access route (flag lots) shall display address identification on permanent address signs placed at the intersection of the access roadway and the property frontage access drive or road. If the access roadway serves multiple properties, the signs shall display, in sequence, the addresses of the properties served by that access roadway.

 

In addition to the signs required in section 4 above, the individual properties with minimal or no frontage shall display address identification on the primary building at a location clearly visible when approaching the building along the normal access route.

 

In those cases where there are multiple occupancies in single buildings (office suites, apartments, multiple commercial suites) each occupancy shall be identified by the main numeric address followed by a letter post script, i.e.: 2520 A, 2520 B, 2520 C… etc. If the occupancies are not visible from the main access roadway, a permanent address sign shall be posted at the general access to the building displaying the address identification numbers in sequence. In addition, the individual occupancies shall display their individual address identification near the access to that particular occupancy.

 

The address signs required by this standard shall be designed in letters that are clearly identifiable, with a minimum height of 3” and a stroke of at least 3/8”. The letters shall be in a color that contrasts with the signage background.


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Dumpsters

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 1103, 2001 Edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

To prevent unauthorized access, dumpster lids shall be secured by approved locking devices.


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Child & Pet Finders

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: None

 

SPECIFICS:

 

The fire service discourages the use of child and/or pet finder stickers.

 


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Fire Extinguishers, minimum requirements

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 1002.1, 1005.2.7, 2001

Edition, and Uniform Fire Code Standard 10-1

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

1. In R-1 Occupancies, (apartments and hotels), 2A, 10B:C type fire extinguishers shall be the minimum mounted within 75 foot travel distance and on each level. a. OPTION: Each dwelling unit be provided with at least one 1A, 5B:C fire extinguisher.

2. Commercial and Business occupancies, 2A, 10B:C fire extinguisher mounted within 75 foot travel distance and on each level. a. Additional special hazard fire extinguishers may be required for hazardous operations or materials.

3. Commercial Kitchens with Exhaust Hood Fire Extinguishing System a. A type “K” portable fire extinguisher mounted within 30 feet of the cooking surface is required per UFC 1005.2.7 b. If an existing hood fire suppression system has not been upgraded to the UL300 standard they may continue to use 40BC portable fire extinguisher until such time as the system is upgraded to current standard.


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Gated Communities

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 902, 2001 Edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

Security access gates shall be provided with sonically operated openers, approved by the authority having jurisdiction, capable of being activated by emergency vehicle sirens.

 


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Burn Permits

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code 105, 2001 Edition

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

1. Burn hours are from 6 A.M. until Noon.

2. Commercial burning requires an AQMD permit prior to issuing a fire service burn permit and may require a fire department inspection.

3. All guidelines and restrictions on the permit must be followed:

a. Provide a garden hose attached to a reliable water supply, or other adequate water supply, that is available at all times.

b. Do not burn on windy day. Burn in small quantities – no large fires.

c. Only burn on permissive burn days.

d. No burning is permitted in streets or alleys.

e. No burning within 25 feet of any structure.

f. If the fire escapes your control, you may be liable for suppression costs incurred.

g. Burning of garbage is prohibited.

h. If smoke from your fire is offensive to neighbors, the fire shall be extinguished until acceptable conditions exist or alternate means of disposal may be required.

i. A responsible adult shall attend the fire until the fire is completely extinguished.


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Roads

DATE: July 2003

REFERENCE: California Fire Code Section 902, 2001 Edition, Humboldt County Fire Safe Regulations

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

All roads providing access to structures must conform to CFC Section 902 and Humboldt County Fire Safe regulations. Roads must be a minimum of 20 feet wide, with an all weather surface, and with continuous 13 feet 6 inches of unobstructed vertical clearance. The grade shall not exceed 15 percent. An approved turnaround must be provided for any road or driveway that exceeds 150 feet from the access road to the back of the farthest structure. Roads and fire service access may be required to conform to Humboldt County Fire Safe Regulations.

 

All driveways shall conform to CFC Section 902 and Humboldt County Fire Safe regulations. Driveways must be a minimum of 10 feet wide for traffic lane and an unobstructed vertical clearance of 13 feet 6 inches along its entire length.

 

A driveway is defined as vehicular access that serves no more than two residential buildings, with no more than three dwellings units on a single parcel.

 

A road is defined as providing vehicular access to more than one parcel, vehicular access to any industrial or commercial occupancy, or vehicular access to a single parcel with more than two buildings or four or more dwelling units.

 


Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association

Fire Prevention Officer’s Section

Local Fire and Life Safety Standards

 

TOPIC: Fire Alarm Systems

DATE: September 2004

REFERENCE: California Fire Code Section 1006, 2001 Edition, NFPA 72

 

SPECIFICS: Current state and local fire code with the following conditions:

 

Anytime a fire alarm system is required to be installed per CFC 1006.2 or is required by the fire authority having jurisdiction, the following shall apply;

Plans and specifications for fire alarm systems shall be submitted to the fire authority having jurisdiction as delineated in CFC 1001.3.

During the inspection of any fire alarm system, the contractor/installer of the fire alarm system shall provide materials and equipment needed to conduct the experiment.

Whenever monitoring or service contracts to any client with a required fire alarm system are terminated, the fire alarm company shall notify the fire authority having jurisdiction of the contract or service termination.