[Adopted 5-17-1985 by L.L. No. 3-1985]
It is the policy of the Town of East Hampton to assure adequate fire protection for all citizens. The establishment of local regulations concerning the installation, performance and maintenance of the early warning smoke and fire detectors in buildings devoted to residential use and occupancy, including single-family residences, multiple residences (including two-family dwellings), mixed occupancy buildings and accessory structures, will further this policy by providing for each such building a basic system of coverage which will give to all occupants thereof adequate and timely warning of fire.
Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SMOKE DETECTOR
- Any photoelectric or ionization type single-station smoke detecting device listed by Underwriters Laboratories, Factory Mutual Testing Laboratories or other testing agency acceptable to the Town of East Hampton, in which the control, detection and audible alarm functions are contained in one unit which sounds the audible alarm upon detection of smoke or invisible particles of combustion related to fire. No device which is or has become incapable of operation, either because of weakened or dead batteries, or because of any other mechanical or electrical defect or failure, shall be deemed to constitute a "smoke detector" for the purposes hereof.
Other terms. Definition of other terms used in this article shall conform to usage in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
One- or two-family residences. In any one- or two-family residence, there shall be installed at least one smoke detector on or near the ceiling adjacent to sleeping spaces on each floor level of the building.
Other occupied buildings. In any occupied building other than a one- or two-family residence, there shall be installed at least one smoke detector on or near the ceiling in each sleeping room or within dwelling units adjacent to sleeping space. Further, there shall be installed at least one smoke detector on or near the ceiling in all common interior halls, corridors or stairways on each floor. Such devices shall be wired to the building's electrical system.
Responsibility. The owner of any building or structure affected by this article shall install and maintain all smoke detectors required hereunder. In addition, where by lease or other agreement a party other than the owner shall have undertaken to maintain any such building, structure or dwelling unit, said party shall be responsible for the installation of all smoke detectors required hereunder which are not then present and the maintenance of all required smoke detectors, regardless of when and by whom they were installed.
Time for compliance. Required smoke detectors shall be installed by January 1, 1986, and shall at all times thereafter be maintained as provided for herein.
[Amended 4-7-2016 by L.L. No. 12-2016]
Any person found guilty of violating any provisions of this article, ordinance, or regulations adopted pursuant to this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of an offense punishable by a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both, for each and every such violation. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
The requirements of this article shall be in addition to any other similar provisions in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and no provision hereof shall be construed as relieving any party of any obligation imposed by such Uniform Code. If a conflict should exist between a requirement of this article and any requirement contained in the Uniform Code, the Uniform Code requirement shall prevail. In the case of such a conflict between a provision of this article and a provision of any other local law, ordinance or regulation, the more stringent requirement shall be deemed to apply.