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The following amendments are hereby made to the International Fire Code, 2018 edition:
Section 101.1 Title: Section 101.1 is amended to read as follows:
"101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the Fire Code of the Town of Vail, hereinafter referred to as 'this code'".
Section 202 Definitions: The following definitions are amended to read as follows:
"FALSE ALARM: See Title 4, Business and License Regulations, Town of Vail Municipal Code."
"PORTABLE OUTDOOR FIREPLACE: A portable, outdoor, solid-fuel burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other non-combustible material and equipped with a screen or other approved spark arrestor. A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening in the top."
Section 202 Definitions: The following definition is added to read as follows:
"TAMPERING: Any alteration, damage, misuse, deactivation or other similar action that renders any fire protection, fire detection or other life-safety system inoperable without the express written approval of Vail Fire and Emergency Services."
Section 307.1.1 Prohibited open burning: Section 307.1.1 is amended to read as follows:
"307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. The following burning activities are unlawful in the Town of Vail:
1. Open burning.
3. Recreational fires.
4. The burning of any materials when a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning is activated.
5. The burning of any materials when Stage 2 or 3 fire restrictions are in place.
6. The use of portable outdoor fireplaces when Stage 2 or 3 fire restrictions are in place.
1. Burning conducted for training purposes by Vail Fire and Emergency Services.
2. If the burning is a smokeless flare or safety flare used to indicate danger to the public.
3. Open burning conducted pursuant to a permit issued by the Fire Code Official upon written application, if the Fire Code Official determines that such burning will be performed without hazard to the public health, safety or welfare.
4. Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wildland fire when authorized by the Fire Code Official.
5. The use of propane or natural gas appliances equipped with automatic shut-off controls."
Section 307.3 Extinguishment authority: Section 307.3 is amended to read as follows:
"307.3 Extinguishment authority. Where any open burning, permitted or otherwise (including the use of a portable outdoor fireplace), creates or adds to a hazardous situation or creates a nuisance or health risk due to smoke or other products of combustion, the fire shall be ordered to be extinguished by Vail Fire and Emergency Services or Vail Police Department."
Section 307.4.1 Bonfires is deleted.
Section 307.4.2 Recreational fires is deleted.
Section 307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces: Section 307.4.3 is amended to read as follows:
"307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces. Use of a portable outdoor fireplace shall be permitted, subject to the following restrictions:
1. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be equipped with a properly fitting spark screen or arrestor.
2. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
3. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall maintain a minimum clearance of fifteen (15) feet from any structure or other combustible materials.
4. Smoke created from a portable outdoor fireplace shall be maintained in such a manner as to avoid causing a nuisance or hazardous condition.
5. Use of a portable outdoor fireplace shall be in accordance with Section 307.5, as amended.
6. Use of a portable outdoor fireplace on short-term rental property is strictly prohibited.
7. Use of a portable outdoor fireplace is prohibited when Stage 2 or 3 fire restrictions are in place."
Section 307.5 Attendance: Section 307.5 is amended to read as follows:
"307.5 Attendance. Permitted open burning, including the use of portable outdoor fireplaces, shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. Not fewer than one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 3A:60B:C rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization."
Section 308.1.6.3 Sky lanterns: Section 308.1.6.3 is amended to read as follows:
"308.1.6.3 Sky lanterns. The use of sky lanterns is prohibited.
Section 308.3.1 Open-flame decorative devices: Section 308.3.1 is amended with the addition of the following text:
"11. Candles may only be used in constantly attended locations."
Section 503.6 Security gates: Section 503.6 is amended to read as follows:
"503.6 Security gates. The installation of security gates across a fire apparatus access road or driveway shall be approved by the fire code official. Where security gates are installed, they shall have an approved means of emergency operation. The security gates and the emergency operation shall be maintained operational at all times. Electric gate operators, where provided, shall be listed in accordance with UL 325. Gates intended for automatic operation shall be designed, constructed and installed to comply with the requirements of ASTM F2200."
Section 901.6 Inspection, testing and maintenance: Section 901.6 is amended to read as follows:
"901.6 Inspection, testing and maintenance. Fire detection and alarm systems, emergency alarm systems, gas-detection systems, fire-extinguishing systems, mechanical smoke exhaust systems and smoke and heat vents shall be maintained in an operative condition at all times, and shall be replaced or repaired where defective. Existing systems, including signaling and notification devices that are no longer listed by UL or supported by the manufacturer shall be replaced per current NFPA and Vail Fire and Emergency Services standards. Non-required fire protection systems and equipment shall be inspected, tested and maintained or removed."
Section 903.2.10 Group S-2 enclosed parking garages: The Exception listed under Section 903.2.10 is deleted.
Section 903.3.1.3 NFPA 13D sprinkler systems: Section 903.3.1.3 is amended to read as follows:
"903.3.1.3 NFPA 13D sprinkler systems. Automatic sprinkler systems that are installed in one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 13D and Vail Fire and Emergency Services installation standards."
Section 903.4 Sprinkler system supervision and alarms: All Exceptions listed under Section 903.4 are deleted.
Section 907.2 Where required - new buildings and structures: Section 907.2 is amended to read as follows:
"907.2 Where required - new buildings, structures, one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses. An approved fire alarm system installed in accordance with the provisions of this code, NFPA 72 and Vail Fire and Emergency Services installation standards shall be provided in new buildings, structures, one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses in accordance with Sections 907.2.1 through 907.2.23 and provide occupant notification in accordance with Section 907.5, unless other requirements are provided by another section of this code.
Not fewer than one manual fire alarm box shall be provided in an approved location to initiate a fire alarm signal for fire alarm systems employing automatic fire detectors or waterflow detection devices. Where other sections of this code allow elimination of fire alarm boxes due to sprinklers, a single fire alarm box shall be installed.
1. The manual fire alarm box is not required for fire alarm systems dedicated to elevator recall control and supervisory service.
2. The manual fire alarm box is not required for Group R-2 occupancies unless required by the Fire Code Official to provide a means for fire watch personnel to initiate an alarm during a sprinkler system impairment event. Where provided, the manual fire alarm box shall not be located in an area that is open to the public.
3. The manual fire alarm box is not required for fire alarm systems dedicated to one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses."
Section 907.2.10.2 Groups R-2, R-3, R-4 and I-2: Section 907.2.10.2 is amended to read as follows:
"907.2.10.2 Groups R-2, R-3, R-4, I-2, and all residential properties that are available for rent or lease. Single or multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed and maintained in Groups R-2, R-3, R-4, I-2, and all residential properties that are available for rent or lease, regardless of occupant load, at all of the following locations:
1. On the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms.
2. In each room used for sleeping purposes.
3. In each story within a dwelling unit, including basements 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."
Section 907.4.1 Protection of fire alarm control unit: The following Exception is added to Section 907.4.1:
"2. In residential installations where the control panel is located in a closet or room with no mechanical equipment."
Section 907.6.3 Initiating device identification:Exceptions 1, 2 and 4 are deleted from the section and a new Exception is added as follows:
"2. Fire alarm systems in one- and two family dwellings and townhouses."
Section 907.6.6 Monitoring: All Exceptions are deleted from this section.
Section 915.1.1 Where required: Section 915.1.1 is amended to read as follows:
"915.1.1 Where required. Carbon monoxide detection shall be provided in Group I-1, I-2, I-4, R, one- and two family dwellings and townhouse occupancies, and in classrooms in E occupancies in the locations specified in Section 915.2 where any of the conditions in Sections 915.1.2 through 915.1.6 exist."
Section 1103.8 Single- and multiple-station smoke alarms: Section 1103.8 is amended to read as follows:
"1103.8 Single- and multiple-station smoke alarms. Single- and multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed in existing I-1, R, one- and two-family dwellings and townhouse occupancies in accordance with Sections 1103.8.1 through 1103.8.3."
Section 1103.8.1 Where required: Exception 2 in this section is deleted.
Appendix B - Fire-flow Requirements For Buildings: The following statement is added to Appendix B:
"The maximum flow reduction for sprinklered buildings shall not be greater than 50%."
Appendix D - Fire Apparatus Access Roads: The following statement is added to Appendix D:
"This appendix is for reference only but may be used to assist in performance based design. Refer to Title 14, Development Standards, Town of Vail Municipal Code."
(Ord. 17(2018) § 1)