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(a) Smoke Detectors. Smoke alarm devices shall be installed in all existing residential occupancies and dwelling units within the City. All smoke alarms shall be listed in accordance with UL217 and installed in accordance with manufacturer's installation instructions and/or the household fire warning equipment provisions of NFPA 72.
(b) Dwelling Unit. A dwelling unit includes single family dwelling units, condominium units, twinplex units, apartment units or other separate units occupied for residential purposes.
(c) Where Required. All dwelling units within the limits of the City shall be equipped with a minimum of one functional, properly located, labeled and listed smoke detector as described in the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 74. Within every apartment, condominium unit or single family dwelling unit or twinplex, there shall be at least one smoke detector properly installed and in good working condition in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and at least one on each additional story of the family living unit including basements and excluding crawl spaces, landing areas and similar areas without substantial living space and unfinished attics. When more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit the alarm devices when possible shall be interconnected in such a manner that the actuation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit.
(d) Installation Time Limit. Every dwelling shall have installed some type of smoke detector within twelve months from the date of passage of this section. Where smoke alarms exist in residential units, the warranty for the alarm and/or battery shall be with the manufacturer.
(e) Maintenance and Tests. No person shall tamper with or remove any smoke detector, except when it is necessary for maintenance inspection purposes. Any smoke detector removed for repair, replacement or local remodeling shall be reinstalled or replaced so that it is operable and in place during normal sleeping hours.
(1) Rental Dwelling Units. Each smoke detector shall be maintained as necessary to insure its operable condition and tested by the occupant in accordance with the manufacturer's or the monitoring company's recommendations.
(2) Owner occupied dwelling units. Each smoke detector shall be maintained as necessary to insure its operable condition and tested by the occupant in accordance with the manufacturer's or the monitoring company's recommendations.
(f) Nothing contained in this Section 1509.09 will provide the City with the right to enter a premises.
(g) A violation of Section 1509.09 shall be a minor misdemeanor.
(Ord. 2013-65. Passed 5-23-13.)