[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Old Saybrook 3-13-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide minimum standards for the use, installation and maintenance of emergency alarm systems installed and utilized in buildings or structures within the Town of Old Saybrook.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any device which, when activated, summons emergency personnel and/or agencies.
- EMERGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
- Dispatch agencies for the Old Saybrook Fire Department, Old Saybrook Ambulance Association, or the Old Saybrook Police Department.
- FALSE ALARM
- Activation of an alarm device through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation/testing, or negligence on the part of the property owner/agent; excludes weather-related problems, municipal power failures, and telephone utility failures.
All alarm systems shall be registered with the Old Saybrook Office of the Fire Marshal, in accordance with established procedures.
Automatic dialers are not prohibited.
All educational related facilities and convalescent facilities are considered critical response centers, and all such alarms are to be monitored by the Old Saybrook Emergency Dispatch Center or a recognized regional emergency dispatch center.
Exterior alarm signals of the audible type, are to be restricted to thirty-minute duration, without reset, unless otherwise restricted by code or law.
The owner/agent is responsible to properly maintain an alarm system and maintain proper recordkeeping.
Alarms to be tested periodically. In accordance with their specific code, prior to testing, the emergency dispatch center must be notified. All testing shall be limited to normal business hours.
Administration and enforcement of this chapter shall be the responsibility of the Old Saybrook Office of the Fire Marshal and the Old Saybrook Police Department.
Alarm systems, which have malfunctioned must be taken off line until proper maintenance is performed, so long as public safety is not an issue, in which case the occupancy in question is required to have an operating fire alarm system at all times per the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code. The Old Saybrook Police and Fire Dispatch and the Fire Marshal must be notified as soon as possible or within four hours whichever comes first if an alarm system is taken off line.
A third false alarm within a twelve-month period would be considered a violation of this chapter. The twelve-month period is to be established on the calendar year.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a notice in writing via certified mail. A mandatory meeting with the Chief of Police or his designate and the Fire Marshal or his designate will be required to discuss the false alarm issues and viable solutions to such problem. If it is discovered that maintenance or servicing the alarm will rectify the false alarm issue, the responsible parties (building, business or property owner) must take proper action to do so within five days or as deemed necessary by the Fire Marshal or the authority having jurisdiction.