Henry County Fire Department
Common Code Violations
- ADDRESS OR SUITE NUMBER NOT POSTED:
Applicable Code: Section 505.1, 2006 International Fire Code New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification place in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall be Arabic numeral or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch.
- EXPOSED WIRING:
Applicable Code: Section 605.6, 2006 International Fire Code Open junction boxes and open-wiring splices shall be prohibited. Approved covers shall be provided for all switch and electrical outlet boxes.
- HYDRANT OBSTRUCTED: County Ordinance Sec. 3-4-107.1. Obstructing fire hydrants.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place building materials within fifteen (15) feet of a cistern or fire hydrant, or do any other act which would obstruct approaches to fire hydrants or cisterns by any member of the fire department.
No person shall put any post or installation or structure nearer than twenty-four (24) inches to any fire hydrant.
(Ord. No. 92-10, 12-1-92)
Editor's note: Ordinance No. 92-10, adopted Dec. 1, 1992, added § 3-4-108. Inasmuch as there existed a § 3-4-108, the editor has included the new provisions as § 3-4-107.1.
Applicable Code: Section 508.5.5, 2006 International Fire Code A 3-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants except as otherwise required or approved.
- FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION NOT VISIBLE TO APPARATUS OR OBSTRUCTED: Applicable Code: Section 912.2.2, 2006 International Fire Code On existing buildings, wherever the fire department connection is not visible to approaching fire apparatus, the fire department connection shall be indicated by an approved sign mounted on the street front or on the side of the building. Such sign shall have the letters “FDC” at least 6 inches high and words in letters at least 2 inches high or an arrow to indicate the location. All such signs shall be subject to the approval of the fire code official. 912.3 Immediate access to fire department connections shall be maintained at all times and without obstruction by fences, bushes, trees, walls or any other object for a minimum of 3 feet.
- COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDER NOT SECURED: Applicable Code: Section 3003.5.3, 2006 International Fire Code Compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks shall be secured to prevent falling caused by contact, vibration or seismic activity.
- STORAGE WITHIN 30 INCHES OF ELECTRICAL PANELS: Applicable Code: Section 605.3, 2006 International Fire Code A working space of not less than 30 inches in width, 36 inches in depth and 78 inches in height shall be provided in front of electrical service equipment. Where the electrical service equipment is wider than 30 inches, the working space shall not be less than the width of the equipment. No storage of any materials shall be located within the designated working space.
- EXTENSION CORDS USED AS PERMANENT WIRING: Applicable Code: Section 605.5, 2006 International Fire Code Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be a substitute for permanent wiring. Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings or floors, or under doors or floor coverings, nor shall such cords be subject to environmental damage or physical impact. Extension cords shall be used only with portable appliances.
- KNOX BOX or KNOX SWITCH NEEDED: Applicable Code: Section 506.1, 2006 International Fire Code Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official. 506.1.1 An approved lock shall be on gates or similar barriers when required by the fire code official.
- NO SUPPLY OF SPARE SPRINKLER HEADS: Applicable Code: Section 18.104.22.168, NFPA 25, 2002 ed. A supply of spare sprinklers (never fewer than six) shall be maintained on the premises so that any sprinklers that have operated or been damaged in any way can be promptly replaced. Section 22.214.171.124.1 The sprinklers shall correspond to the types and temperature ratings of the sprinklers in the property. A minimum of two sprinklers of each type and temperature rating installed shall be provided. Section 126.96.36.199.2 The sprinklers shall be kept in a cabinet located where the temperature in which they are subjected will at no time exceed 100 F.
- NO SPECIAL WRENCH AVAILABLE: Applicable Code: Section 188.8.131.52, NFPA 25, 2002 ed. A special sprinkler wrench shall be provided and kept in the cabinet to be used in the removal and installation of sprinklers. One sprinkler wrench shall be provided for each type of sprinkler installed.
- SPRINKLERS BLOCKED BY STORAGE: Applicable Code: Section 184.108.40.206, NFPA 25, 2002 edition Unacceptable obstructions to spray patterns shall be corrected. Section A-220.127.116.11 Obstructions to spray patterns include continuous or non continuous obstructions less than or equal to 18 in. below the sprinkler deflector that prevent the pattern from fully developing.
- EXTINGUISHERS OUT OF DATE: Applicable Code: Section 7.1.2, NFPA 10, 2002 ed. The procedure for inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers varies considerably. Minimal knowledge is necessary to perform a monthly "quick check" or inspection in order to follow the inspection procedure as outlined in Section 7.2. A trained person who has undergone the instructions necessary to reliably perform maintenance and has the manufacturer's service manual shall service the fire extinguishers not more than 1 year apart, as outlined in Section 7.3.
- EXIT BLOCKED: Applicable Code: Section 18.104.22.168, 2000 Life Safety Code Means of egress shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency.
- MULTIPLE LOCKS ON EXIT DOORS: Applicable Code: Section 22.214.171.124.4, 2000 Life Safety Code A latch or other fastening device on a door shall be provided with a releasing device having an obvious method of operation under all lighting conditions. The releasing mechanism for any latch shall be located not less than 34 in. (86 cm) and not more than 48 in. (122 cm) above the finished floor. Doors shall be open able with not more than one releasing operation.
- FIRE ALARM SYSTEM SHUTDOWN: Section 126.96.36.199, 2000 Life Safety Code Where a required fire alarm system is out of service for more than 4 hours in a 24-hr period, the authority having jurisdiction shall be notified, and the building shall be evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all parties left unprotected by the shutdown until the fire alarm system has been returned to service.
- SPRINKLER SYSTEM SHUTDOWN: Section 9.7.6, 2000 Life Safety Code Where a required automatic sprinkler system is out of service for more than 4 hours in a 24-hr period, the authority having jurisdiction shall be notified, and the building shall be evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all parties left unprotected by the shutdown until the sprinkler system has been returned to service. Sprinkler impairment procedure shall comply with NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Base Fire Protection Systems.
- Personal Care Home Guidelines
All applicants for personal care homes will need to notify Henry County Fire Department, regarding inspections and fire sprinkler system installations. All personal care home applicants within the RA zoning district of unincorporated Henry County that has more than two (2) guest/patients and that are not related by blood will need to have an approved NFPA 13R sprinkler system installed. Personal Care Homes and similar uses will need to contact the Henry County Fire Department for a fire inspection (770) 288-6600.