Town of Johnston, RI
Providence County
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[Adopted 12-10-1979 by Ord. No. 440 as Secs. 10-17 to 10-21 of the 1979 Code]
The Chief of the Fire Department, Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention or inspectors specially designated thereto shall inspect, as often as may be necessary, but not less than four times a year, all hazardous manufacturing processes, storages or installations of acetylene or other gases, chemicals, oils, explosives and flammable materials, all interior fire alarms and automatic sprinkler systems, and such other hazards or appliances as the Chief of the Fire Department shall designate for the purpose of enforcing the laws of this Code or other ordinance governing the same, and for safeguarding of life and property from fire.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department to inspect, or cause to be inspected by the Bureau of Fire Prevention, or by the Fire Department officers and members, as often as may be necessary, but not less than twice a year in outlying districts and four times a year in the closely built portions of the Town, all buildings and premises, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, or any violations of the provisions of intent of this Code or other ordinances of the Town or regulations adopted by the Fire Department, affecting the fire hazard.
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The Chief of the Fire Department, the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, or any inspector, upon the complaint of any person or whenever they shall deem it necessary, shall inspect all buildings and premises within their jurisdiction. Such officer or inspector may enter any building or premises except the interior of private dwellings upon complaint or whenever they shall have cause to believe that a fire hazard exists or that the provisions of this chapter are being violated.
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Whenever any of such officers shall find any building or other structure which, for want of repairs, lack of sufficient fire escapes, or by reason of age or dilapidated condition, or from any other cause, is especially liable to fire and which is so situated as to endanger other property or the occupants thereof, a report of the hazardous conditions shall be submitted to the inspector of buildings for his consideration.
The Chief of the Fire Department or the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention may cause to be inspected all dumping places or grounds within the limits of the Town where dead leaves, grass, weeds, branches or limbs of trees, old clothing, refuse, rubbish, or waste materials of any kind are placed or deposited, and when such chief deems that such articles, rubbish or waste materials are so placed or deposited as to increase the danger of fire or the spreading of fire to adjacent property, such chief may order the owner, lessee, occupant or person having general charge of such premises to remove such articles, rubbish or waste materials.
Any person who refuses to allow an inspection of the premises as provided by this article or hinders, obstructs or prevents the chief or his assistants from making such inspection as provided by this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined or imprisoned, or both, as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II.