[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 9-10-1979 by L.L. No. 2-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 108.
It has been shown that smoke detectors are of a significant value in the preservation of public safety and welfare in places occupied by human beings and should be required to be installed in multiple dwellings and commercial and industrial structures.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- APPROVED DETECTORS
- Any battery-powered, alternating-current-powered or combination battery-powered/alternating-current-powered ionization- or photoelectric-type detector that bears the approval stamp or mark of Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., or other recognized testing laboratory.
- APPROVED MANNER
- That the unit or units are positioned or located and installed per the manufacturer's instructions. Approved wiring shall be as prescribed by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
- SMOKE DETECTOR
- Any device designed and tested for the express purpose of detecting products of combustion, either visible or invisible, and bearing the mark or stamp of approval of Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., or other nationally recognized testing laboratory.
- SPRINKLER SYSTEM
- A system of water supply, distribution and application appurtenances designed, tested and installed in strict accordance with the New York State Fire Prevention Code.
Dwellings. Smoke detectors shall be installed and maintained operable in accordance with the provisions of this chapter in all multiple dwellings as same is defined in § 161-1A of this Code.
Commercial and industrial buildings. Smoke detectors shall be installed and maintained operable in accordance with the provisions of this chapter in all new commercial and industrial buildings and all existing commercial and industrial buildings, when sold, which are not fully protected by automatic sprinkler systems.
The exceptions to the applicability requirements of this section are:
In special or unique types of occupancies, where a smoke detector system may be ineffective due to the constant presence of internal combustion, engine exhaust, steam or other substance which would cause frequent false alarms, another type of system, approved by the Fire Commissioner of the Village of Piermont, shall be installed.
Any smoke detector installed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall be an approved type.
Battery-operated smoke detectors may be installed, provided that such detectors are maintained in accordance with § 166-6 of this chapter.
Alternating-current-powered smoke detectors shall have electrical wiring installed in an approved manner.
The building owner or his agent shall be responsible for the installation.
A no-fee permit shall be required for the installation. These permits shall be issued by the Fire Commissioner of the Village of Piermont.
The building owner or his agent shall provide or post within each guest room or dwelling unit written operating instructions for the smoke detectors installed therein.
Maintenance of smoke detectors shall be the responsibility of the building owner or his agent, in accordance with the following provisions:
Battery-powered smoke detectors shall have new batteries installed therein in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
Necessary maintenance or replacement of smoke detectors shall be the responsibility of the building owner or his agent; provided, however, that the renter or lessee notify the building owner or his agent of the need for such maintenance or replacement.
The building owner or his agent shall assume no liability in the event that any unauthorized person, renter or lessee tampers with, attempts to repair or damages any smoke detector so as to render it inoperative.
Smoke detectors required by this chapter shall be installed and operational in all affected buildings by not later than 18 months after the adoption of this chapter.
The building owner or his agent shall be required to certify that smoke detectors have been installed in accordance with this chapter. Such written certification shall be furnished to the Fire Commissioner twice a year, on December 31 and June 30 of each and every year. The Fire Commissioner and his duly appointed representatives shall have the right to inspect annually any building which is required to be in compliance with this chapter.