[R.O. 1993 § 502.010; Ord. No. 486 § I, 4-19-1993]
For the purposes of this Article, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present time include the future, words in singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is mandatory and "may" is permissive. Words not defined shall be given their common and ordinary meaning.
- DWELLING UNIT
- A structure, building, area, room or combination of rooms occupied by persons for sleeping or living.
- Any person, firm, partnership, corporation who alone or jointly or severally with other persons, firms, partnerships has legal title to any premises. The term "owner" includes any person, partnership, or corporation, who has charge, care or control over the premises as:
- 1. An agent, officer, fiduciary, or employee of the owner;
- 2. The conservator or legal guardian of an owner who is non compos mentis, a minor or otherwise under disability;
- 3. An Alderman elected or appointed, or a person required by law to execute a trust, other than an Alderman under deed of trust to serve the payment or money; or
- 4. An executor, administrator, personal representative, receiver, fiduciary, officer appointed by any court, or other similar representative of the owner or his/her estate. The term "owner" does not include a lessee, sublessee or other person who merely has the right to occupy or possess premises.
- SLEEPING AREAS
- A bedroom or room intended for sleeping or a combination of bedrooms or rooms intended for sleeping within a dwelling unit, which are located on the same floor and are not separated by another habitable room, such as a living room, dining room, or kitchen but not a bathroom, hallway or closet. A dwelling unit may have more than one (1) sleeping area.
- SMOKE DETECTOR
- A device which detects visible or invisible particles of combustion and shall be either the ionization chamber or the photoelectric type.
[R.O. 1993 § 502.020; Ord. No. 486 § II, 4-19-1993]
The owner of each dwelling unit which is constructed, changes ownership, changes tenants, or is rehabilitated after April 19, 1993, shall install smoke detectors prior to the occupancy or change in the occupancy of said dwelling unit. If smoke detectors already exist in said dwelling units, the smoke detectors must comply with provisions of this Article.
[R.O. 1993 § 502.030; Ord. No. 486 § III, 4-19-1993]
The owner of each existing dwelling or newly constructed or rehabilitated unit subject to this Article shall install at least one (1) smoke detector to protect each sleeping area. In an efficiency, the owner shall install the smoke detector in the room used for sleeping. In multiple residential units, the owner shall install at least one (1) smoke detector in each individual apartment or unit. In all other dwelling units, the owner shall install the smoke detectors outside the bedrooms and on the ceilings in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping area. An owner subject to this Article shall install each smoke detector on the ceiling at a minimum of four (4) inches from the side wall to the near edge of the detector and within fifteen (15) feet of all rooms used for sleeping purposes. A smoke detector shall be installed on every floor level, including the basement; therefore, a two-story residence with a basement shall have a minimum of three (3) smoke detectors. The smoke detector in the basement shall be as close as possible to the stairwell. If a dwelling undergoes alterations, repairs or additions which require a permit, or if one (1) or more sleeping rooms are added or created in an existing dwelling, the entire dwelling or building shall be provided with smoke detectors as required for a new dwelling under this Article. Where more than one (1) sleeping area is located on a floor level, a smoke detector for each sleeping area shall be installed pursuant to this Section. For good cause shown, the Building Inspector, Building Commissioner or Board of Aldermen have the authority to modify the location requirements of this Article.
[R.O. 1993 § 502.040; Ord. No. 486 § IV, 4-19-1993]
The owner shall install a smoke detector which is capable of sensing visible or invisible particles of combustion and emitting an audible signal and may be wired directly to the building power supply, or may be powered by self-monitored battery. The smoke detector shall comply with all the specifications of the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Standard UL 217 (Standard for Single and Multiple Station Smoke Detectors), 2nd Edition, October 4, 1978, as revised May 19, 1983, or any recognized standard testing laboratory that certifies the detector meets the required National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards 72E and 74. Smoke detectors shall bear the label of a nationally recognized standards testing laboratory that indicates that the smoke detectors have been tested and listed under the requirements of UL 217, 2nd Edition, or NFPA 72E and 74.
[R.O. 1993 § 502.050; Ord. No. 486 § V, 4-19-1993]
It shall be the responsibility of the owner to supply and install all required detectors. The owner shall be responsible for testing and maintaining detectors in common stairwells. It shall be the responsibility of the tenant to provide and maintain functional batteries for each detector, to test and maintain detectors within dwelling units, and to notify the owner or authorized agent in writing of any deficiencies. The owner shall be responsible for providing each tenant with written information regarding detector testing and maintenance.
[R.O. 1993 § 502.060; Ord. No. 486 § VI, 4-19-1993]
The Building Inspector, Building Commissioner or Board of Aldermen shall have the jurisdiction to inspect units for the installation of any smoke detector required to be installed under this Article or any other ordinance. Said inspections may be held between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, or as otherwise mutually agreed to by the parties.
[R.O. 1993 § 502.070; Ord. No. 486 § VII, 4-19-1993]
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove batteries or in any way make smoke detectors inoperable.
[R.O. 1993 § 502.080; Ord. No. 486 § VIII, 4-19-1993]
Any owner or other person who is convicted of violating any provision of this Article shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 933 § 1, 3-21-2016]
Where Required. Carbon Monoxide detectors equipped with an alarm that will sound upon detection of excessive levels of carbon monoxide shall be provided in dwelling units where:
Location. Carbon Monoxide alarms in dwelling units shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms. Where a fuel-burning appliance is located within a bedroom or its attached bathroom, a carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed within the bedroom.
Combination Alarms. Combination carbon monoxide and smoke alarms shall be permitted to be used in lieu of carbon monoxide alarms.
Power Source. Carbon monoxide alarms shall either receive their primary power from the building wiring where such wiring is served from a commercial source or receive power from a battery.