Township of Upper Hanover, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Hanover 3-11-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 120.

§ 271-1 Key box required.

A. 
The following buildings and structures shall be equipped with a key box at or near the main entrance or at such other location approved by the Township.
(1) 
Commercial, industrial and institutional buildings and structures that are secured in such a manner that restricts access during an emergency or buildings containing hazardous materials.
(2) 
Multifamily residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access from the living units.
B. 
All newly constructed buildings and structures subject to this chapter shall have a key box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit.
C. 
All buildings and structures in existence on the effective date of this chapter which are protected by an automatic alarm system or an automatic suppression system shall have six months from the effective date of this chapter to have a key box installed and operational. All other buildings and structures in existence on the effective date of this chapter and subject to this chapter shall have one year from the effective date of this chapter to have a key box installed and operational.
D. 
For purposes of this chapter, an "automatic alarm system" shall be defined as any engineered system, device, equipment, mechanical, electric or battery-operated arrangement to activate an alarm or signal of the occurrence of a fire, hazard or medical emergency and to which fire units or emergency personnel are expected automatically to respond. For purposes of this chapter, an "automatic suppression system" is defined as an engineered system that automatically detects a fire, activates an alarm and suppresses a fire by application of an extinguishing agent through fixed piping and nozzles.
E. 
The Township shall, by resolution, have the authority to adopt rules and regulations concerning the key box system, designate the type of key box system to be implemented within the Township and require all applicable structures and emergency response departments to use the designated system.
F. 
The owner or operator of a structure required to have a key box shall, at all times, keep a key in the key box that will allow for access to the structure.

§ 271-2 Approved type; restricted access.

The key box shall be of a type approved by the Fire Marshal and any applicable first responders. The structure owner shall not be able to obtain a key to open the key box.

§ 271-3 Location.

The key box shall be mounted on the structure entrance at a height of between four feet and six feet and within three feet of the direct access door or such other location approved by the Fire Marshal or his or her designee. Flush-mounted or surface-recessed key box installations will be permitted, provided that the key box is clearly marked. Once the key box is installed, the owner of the structure shall contact the Fire Marshal or his or her designee during regular office hours to arrange for the owner of the structure to be contacted and visited by the Fire Marshal or his or her designee to inspect the key box and install the access keys.

§ 271-4 Contents of key boxes.

The key boxes shall contain the following:
A. 
Keys or access cards to all locked points of egress, whether on the interior or exterior of such structure.
B. 
Keys or access cards to mechanical equipment rooms.
C. 
Keys or access cards to electrical rooms.
D. 
Keys or access cards to elevator controls.
E. 
Keys or access cards to other areas, as directed by the Fire Marshal.

§ 271-5 Hazardous materials information.

The owner or tenant of a building containing hazardous materials shall, at all times, keep the following items in the key box, in addition to those set forth in § 271-4 above:
A. 
Copies of material safety data sheets for any hazardous materials located within the building.
B. 
A floor plan for each floor of such building, showing the layout of each floor, locations of points of egress from such floor to the exterior of the building and any other information required by the Fire Marshal.

§ 271-6 Contact person.

The owner of a building or structure having a key box shall provide a list of contact persons, indicating names, home addresses and home telephone numbers, to the Fire Marshal or his or her designee. The owner of such building or structure shall, immediately upon any change with respect thereto, furnish the Fire Marshal such information with respect to such change.

§ 271-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation which shall violate any provisions of this chapter or any regulations adopted hereunder shall, upon summary conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and not less than $25 and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.