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Town of Franklin, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Franklin 4-27-2016 by Bylaw Amendment 16-757. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 99.
Vacant properties — See Ch. 168.
Zoning — See Ch. 185.
Hazardous materials enclosures — See Ch. 230.
The purpose of this bylaw is to protect police, fire, and other emergency personnel from personal injury resulting from their contact with or exposure to structure(s) and/or use(s) of private property which are not open and obvious and which pose a significant health danger to them.
The owner of any commercial or industrial building or any multi-unit residential building of three units or more which has a flat roof and has photovoltaic (solar) panels installed thereon shall provide notification to public safety officials and posting on the property.
The owner and/or each tenant of any industrial or commercial building who is using or storing biologic, radioactive or other hazardous material(s), as defined in MGL c. 21K, § 1, shall provide notification to public safety officials and posting on the property.
Written notification shall be provided by filling out completely a Town-supplied written form and filing it at both the Fire Department and Police Department Headquarters. The form shall contain, at a minimum, the following information:
A. 
Photovoltaic (solar) flat-roof installations:
(1) 
Property address.
(2) 
Location and description of each installation.
(3) 
Location of emergency electrical shut-off.
(4) 
Name and complete contact information for landowner and local agent(s), if any.
B. 
Hazardous materials:
(1) 
Property address.
(2) 
Location and identification of each substance which constitutes a hazardous material, as defined in MGL c. 21K, § 1, and its location on property, including a description of any storage or containment structure.
(3) 
Name and complete contact information for landowner and/or tenant and local agent(s), if any.
Signage shall consist of the standard symbol for the presence of the particular hazard, as approved by the Fire Chief and outlined below.
A. 
Photovoltaic: The approved symbol shall be eight inches square and placed within 24 inches to the left of the main entry door. The distance above the grade, walking surface, or the finished floor to the bottom of the symbol shall not be less than four feet (48 inches). The distance above the grade, walking surface, or the finished floor to the top of the symbol shall not be more than six feet (72 inches). The Maltese Cross sign shall be of a reflective material and permanently attached to the face of the structure on a contrasting background.
B. 
Hazardous materials: shall consist of NFPA 704 placards. The quantity and location of NFPA 704 placards are based on factors such as Fire Department response and access, Fire Department operations, location, configuration, size, and arrangement of storage areas, location, configuration, and construction of the buildings, and other factors. The Fire Chief or designee shall be consulted regarding the placement of identification to assist in response to incidents at the location. At a minimum, signage shall be posted at the following locations:
(1) 
Two exterior walls or enclosures containing a means of access to a building or facility containing hazardous materials.
(2) 
Each access to a room or area containing hazardous materials.
(3) 
Each principal means of access to an exterior storage area containing hazardous materials.
Each violation of any provision of this bylaw shall be punishable by a fine of $25; each day shall constitute a separate violation. The Fire Chief, the Police Chief and the Building Commissioner and their respective designees shall each have authority to enforce this bylaw.