§ 1480.22  FIRE SAFETY.
   (a)   Responsibility. The owner of the premises shall provide and maintain such fire safety facilities and equipment in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or permit another person to occupy any premises that do not comply with the requirements of this chapter.
   (b)   Means of Egress. A safe, continuous and unobstructed path of travel shall be provided from any point in a building or structure to the public way. Means of egress shall comply with the Ohio Fire Code. There will be a minimum of two unobstructed forms of egress (doors) from all residential structures. The minimum requirement cannot be met by having all means of egress on the same side of the structure.
      (1)   Aisles. The required width of aisles in accordance with the Ohio Fire Code shall be unobstructed.
      (2)   Locked Doors. All means of egress doors shall be readily openable from the side from which egress is to be made without the need for keys, special knowledge or effort, except where the door hardware conforms to that permitted by the Residential Code of Ohio or Ohio Building Code, whichever applies as well as the codes and provisions adopted therein.
      (3)   Emergency Escape Openings. Required emergency escape openings shall be maintained in accordance with the code in effect at the time of construction and the following. Required emergency escape and rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys or tools. Bars, grilles, grates or similar devices are permitted to be placed over emergency escape and rescue openings provided the minimum net clear opening size complies with the code that was in effect at the time of construction and such devices shall be releasable or removable from the inside without the use of a key, tool or force greater than that which is required for normal operation of the escape and rescue opening.
   (c)   Fire-Resistance Ratings.
      (1)   Fire-Resistance-Rated Assemblies. The required fire-resistance rating of fire-resistance- rated walls, fire stops, shaft enclosures, partitions and floors shall be maintained.
      (2)   Opening Protectives. Required opening protectives shall be maintained in an operative condition. All fire and smoke stop doors shall be maintained in operable condition. Fire doors and smoke barrier doors shall not be blocked, obstructed or otherwise made inoperable.
   (d)   Fire Protection Systems. All systems, devices and equipment to detect a fire, actuate an alarm, or suppress or control a fire or any combination thereof shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times in accordance with the Ohio Fire Code.
      (1)   Automatic Sprinkler Systems. Inspection, testing and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems shall be in accordance with the most current edition of NFPA 25.
      (2)   Smoke Alarms. Single- or multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed and maintained in Groups R-2, R-3, R-4 and in dwellings not regulated in Group R occupancies, regardless of occupant load at all of the following locations:
         A.   On the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms;
         B.   In each room used for sleeping purposes;
         C.   In each story within a dwelling unit, including basements and cellars but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level; or
         D.   Single- or multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed in other groups in accordance with the Ohio Fire Code.
      (3)   Power Source. In Group R occupancies and in dwellings not regulated as Group R occupancies, single-station smoke alarms shall receive their primary power from the building wiring provided that such wiring is served from a commercial source and shall be equipped with a battery backup. Smoke alarms shall emit a signal when the batteries are low. Wiring shall be permanent and without a disconnecting switch other than as required for overcurrent protection. Exception: smoke alarms are permitted to be solely battery operated in buildings where no construction is taking place or buildings that are not served from commercial power source.
      (4)   Interconnection. Where more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit in Group R-2, R-3, R-4 and in dwellings not regulated as Group R occupancies, the smoke alarms shall be interconnected in such a manner that the activation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit. The alarm shall be clearly audible in all bedrooms over background noise levels with all intervening doors closed. Exception: interconnection is not required in buildings which are not undergoing alterations, repairs or construction of any kind.
(Ord. 33-2017, passed 12-11-2017)