[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Somers 5-10-1966. Section 98-7 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Fire Prevention Ordinance of the Town of Somers."
The Town Board shall appoint a Fire Prevention Inspector and such Deputy Fire Prevention Inspectors as it may deem advisable.
The Inspector may at all reasonable hours and as often as he may deem necessary under the provisions of this chapter and for the purpose of fire prevention inspection enter any and all buildings, premises and places of storage or assembly (except the interiors of private dwellings and public school buildings) in order to ascertain and cause to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire or any violation of the provisions or intent of this chapter or of laws affecting fire hazards.
Whenever, in the course of an inspection by the Inspector, he detects a violation of any provision of this chapter, the Inspector will call to the attention of the owner or tenant, or both, such violation with an order, in writing, that the condition be corrected. In addition, the Inspector will also report each such violation to the Town Board, stating the nature of each violation and whether or not his order to the owner and/or tenant has been satisfactorily acted upon.
The service of any order made pursuant to the provisions of this chapter may be made upon the occupant or other person responsible for the conditions, either by delivering a copy of the same personally or by delivering the same to and leaving it with any person in charge of the premises or, in case no such person is found upon the premises, by affixing a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the door to the entrance of said premises. Whenever it may be necessary to serve such an order upon the owner of the premises, such order may be served either by delivering to and leaving with said person a copy of the order or, if such owner is absent from the jurisdiction of the Inspector, by mailing such copy to the owner's last known post office address. If the building or other premises is owned by one person and occupied by another under lease or otherwise, the order issued in connection with the enforcing of this chapter shall apply to the owner, the lessee and to the occupant thereof.
In the event that the condition responsible for the violation is not corrected within a reasonable time, the Town Board shall take such action as it deems advisable.
Combustible or flammable materials shall not be placed, stored or kept under any building or in any place where ignition or burning would obstruct or render hazardous egress from a building.
In order to prevent injury to persons and damage to property, the storage, handling and use of dangerous and hazardous materials shall be performed in compliance with the standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
Any manufacturing process which involves the use, storage or handling of any flammable material must be conducted in such manner that the same shall not constitute a fire hazard to any adjoining structure.
There shall be no smoking within the work area of any public garage and suitable no-smoking signs shall be displayed. In every public garage and upon the premises of every public service station, no less than two approved chemical fire extinguishers and no less than four pails of sand shall be kept convenient for quick use in case of fire.
No person shall engage in any fumigation and thermal insecticidal fogging in any areas where fires, open flames and similar sources of ignition are present. If heating is required, the same shall be by steam or hot water. All operators shall maintain and have available approved protective breathing apparatus. In every instance, the Fire Prevention Inspector or his deputy must be notified before any building or structure is to be closed in connection with the use of any toxic or flammable fumigant.
A person who shall violate a provision of this chapter, or who shall fail to comply therewith, or any order or requirement duly issued in accordance with the provisions thereof shall, upon conviction, be guilty of an offense and shall be liable for each offense to a fine not to exceed $250 or to imprisonment for a term up to 15 days, or both.