[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Franklin 3-15-1995 by Bylaw Amendment 95-283. Amendments noted where applicable.]
One- and two-family dwellings occupied in whole or in part for residential purposes and not regulated by MGL c. 148, § 26A (sprinklers in high rise buildings) or MGL c. 148, § 26B (smoke detectors/fire alarms in residential buildings that are substantially renovated), shall be equipped with approved smoke detectors.
Owners of such buildings or structures shall install either an approved monitored battery-powered smoke detector or an approved primary-power smoke detector on each level of habitation and on the basement level; the head of the Fire Department shall allow the installation of approved, monitored battery-powered smoke detectors.
Such approved smoke detectors shall be installed in the following manner; an approved smoke detector shall be installed on the ceiling of each stairway leading to the floor above, near the base of but not within each stairway; and an approved smoke detector shall be installed outside each separate sleeping area.
Buildings occupied in whole or in part for residential purposes and containing not fewer than three nor more than five units, and not regulated by MGL c. 148, § 26A, 26B or 26C, shall be equipped with approved smoke detectors.
Owners of such buildings or structures shall install either an approved monitored battery-powered smoke detector or an approved primary-power smoke detector outside each separate sleeping area; provided, however, that the head of the Fire Department shall allow the installation of approved monitored battery-powered smoke detectors; and provided further that in all common hallways and basements of said residential buildings or structures a series of interconnected approved primary-power smoke detectors shall be installed.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- APPROVED PRIMARY POWER
- An alternating-current primary source of electric power furnished by an electric power or light company municipally operated or operating under the authority of the Department of Public Utilities which is the primary source of electricity or is a secondary source but is permanently wired thereto and will become operational upon the failure of the primary source of power.
The Fire Chief or his designated representative of the Franklin Fire Department shall enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Effective January 1, 1996, any person who, after 72 hours from an inspection and receipt of a warning of noncompliance, continues to violate any provision of this chapter may, in the discretion of the Town official who is the enforcing person, be penalized by a civil fine pursuant in MGL c. 40, § 21D, as an alternative to the criminal fine provided for in MGL c. 148, § 34. The fine for each such violation shall be $50. Each day that such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense for the purpose of determining the amount of said civil fine.