[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Waterford 11-1-1983 by L.L. No. 2-1983. Sections 134-2B and 134-11 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 88.
This chapter shall be cited and may be referred to as the "Town of Waterford Smoke Detector Law."
At least one single-station smoke-detecting alarm device located on or near the ceiling, shall be installed:
Adjacent to sleeping spaces within rented dwelling units.
In sleeping rooms for transient occupancies (hotels, motels, lodging houses and dormitory buildings), except that such devices shall not be required for transient occupancies in buildings where:
A fire- and smoke-detecting system (total coverage) is required by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and is installed;
A sprinkler system (total coverage) is installed in accordance with said code; or
Smoke-detecting alarm devices are installed in all corridors, hallways, stairways and other exitways of the building, and heat detectors are installed in furnace rooms, refuse rooms, storage rooms, janitors' closets, lounges, garages, laundry rooms, mechanical rooms, kitchens and other similar ancillary spaces and in cellars adjacent to any interior stairways, and activation of any one of the detectors shall cause an alarm to be sounded throughout the entire building.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SINGLE-STATION SMOKE-DETECTING ALARM DEVICE
- An assembly comprised of a photoelectric or ionization type of smoke detector in which the control equipment and audible alarm is in one unit and which, upon detection of smoke, activates the alarm.
A single-station smoke-detecting alarm device shall be maintained so that, under normal conditions of use, the device will not be a danger to health and welfare and will not create excessive noise or otherwise become a nuisance.
A single-station smoke-detecting alarm device shall be approved by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.
A single-station smoke-detecting alarm device shall be designed and installed so as to avoid dead air space, detect smoke and activate the alarm, be reasonably free from false alarm and provide indication that the alarm is energized.
The alarm shall be clearly audible in adjacent sleeping spaces with intervening doors closed.
The single-station smoke-detecting alarm device may be directly wired into a lighting circuit or be cord-connected to an electrical outlet or be battery powered.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner of each erected dwelling unit and of the owner of each sleeping room for transient occupancy to assure compliance of such facilities with this chapter. Any owner failing to comply with this chapter shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Anyone tampering with the devices installed pursuant to this chapter shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Violators of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.
The Justice Court of the Town of Waterford is given jurisdiction of violations of this chapter.