[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fairport as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform constructions codes — See Ch. 215.
[Adopted 10-14-1991 by L.L. No. 6-1991 (Ch. 2, Art. I, of the 1968 Code)]
This article shall be known as the "Fire Alarm Code."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTOMATIC DIALER
- A device that automatically dials and relays a prerecorded message to a central station or the Fire Department. An "automatic dialer" calling directly to an emergency telephone number must automatically disconnect after the message is transmitted a maximum of three times.
- AVOIDABLE ALARM
- Any alarm signal activation that occurs that is not a validated alarm, but that is within the reasonable control of the owner and/or user of the system. Such alarms may be caused by activation due to mechanical failure, malfunctions, improper installation or use or the negligence of the owner and/or user or any other person associated with the owner and/or user in any capacity.
- CENTRAL STATION
- An office of a private company to which remote alarm and supervisory signaling devices are transmitted and where personnel are in attendance at all times to supervise the circuits and investigate signals.
- FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
- Equipment which automatically actuates a fire alarm when the detecting element is exposed to fire, smoke, abnormal rise or decrease in temperature or activation of a sprinkler system, or manually activated device.
- LEASE LINE
- A phone line to a Fire Department or to a central station that transmits a fire alarm.
- LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM
- A system which produces a signal only at the premises protected.
- UNAVOIDABLE ALARM
- Any alarm signal activation that occurs that is not a validated alarm, but that is beyond the reasonable control of the owner and/or user of the system. Such alarms may be caused by activation due to violent conditions of nature, such as severe storms or earthquakes, nearby fires or sources of smoke not controlled by the user, or where the person activating an alarm signal reasonably believed that a condition of fire existed.
- VALIDATED ALARM
- An alarm signal activation as a direct result of a response to a fire and/or smoke condition.
A permit shall be obtained for the installation or operation of any fire alarm system other than a local alarm system. Prior to installation, two complete sets of plans must be submitted for approval to the Building Department. These plans must be accompanied by the application prescribed by the Building Department, including the exact wording of any message that will be transmitted to the Fire Department or central station. A copy of this application and plans will be submitted to the Fairport Fire Department.
A permit is required for all existing fire alarm systems other than local alarm systems. The owners of premises having fire alarm systems other than local alarm systems on the effective date of this article shall apply for a permit within 90 days of the effective date of this article. No permit application fee shall be charged for any permit application received within this ninety-day period.
Said permit shall be valid for two years from date of issuance. If the information contained upon the application changes, the applicant has 30 days to correct or change this data by refiling the permit.
No permit shall be issued for any alarm system as provided hereunder unless a permit fee, as set forth in the fee schedule adopted by resolution by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fairport, is paid for each system.
[Amended 6-12-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the office of the Village Clerk.
All fire alarm systems must be properly maintained at all times. Operational instructions shall be kept accessible on the premises at all times. Buildings that are required by law to have fire alarm systems may not be occupied by the public if the system is not operational.
All fire alarm systems must be tested annually by a qualified installer, and have a certification placed on the control equipment stating when the system was tested.
If the Code Enforcement Officer determines that the alarm system is malfunctioning and causing a dangerous situation for the men and equipment of the Fairport Fire Department, the system shall be ordered disconnected from the lease line or central station, and the owner or occupant shall comply with such order. The system shall not be reconnected until the system is deemed to be in proper operating condition by a qualified installer submitting a certificate so stating to the Code Enforcement Officer.
A defective local alarm system may be shut down for repairs by the Code Enforcement Officer until such time as it is repaired properly; this provision is intended to deal with nuisance alarms.
A violation of this article or any portion thereof is hereby declared to be an offense punishable by a fine. In the event that false alarms are transmitted to the Fire Department, the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a notice of violation subjecting the owner or occupant of the premises to the following fines:
All fines will be payable to the Village of Fairport.
Except as provided in § 158-5 above, the failure to obey any order of the Code Enforcement Officer or the failure to obtain a permit as provided for in § 158-3 shall constitute a violation. Any person who, having been served with a notice or order to remove any violation of this article, fails to comply therewith within the time fixed by the Department shall be guilty of an offense, punishable for each offense by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, or by a penalty of not less than $25 nor more than $500 to be recovered by the Village of Fairport in a civil action. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The term "person" as used in this section shall include the owner, occupant, mortgagee or vendee in possession, operator, assignee of rents, receiver, executor, trustee, lessee, agent or any other person, firm or corporation, directly or indirectly, in control of the premises or part thereof.