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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Public Hearing 6/2/20 Fire Prevention Ordinance Amendment

The Bar Harbor Town Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by video conference at 4:00 pm to consider the following amendment to the Town Code. The public can call in at 207-288-1710 and enter code 0144715 to speak during the public hearing.

Fire Prevention Ordinance Amendment
Town of Bar Harbor
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An Amendment to adopt the 2018 NFPA 101 Life Safety, and the 2018 NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code as the Life Safety and Fire Prevention Codes with the same amendments the State Fire Marshal recently adopted.

The Town of Bar Harbor hereby ordains that Chapter 85, Fire Prevention, of the Town Code is amended as follows:

[Please Note: Old language is stricken.  New language is underlined.]

CHAPTER 85 – FIRE PREVENTION

§ 85-1 Life Safety and Fire Prevention Codes.

A.    Life Safety Code adopted. The 200918 edition of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, as amended to avoid conflict with the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code and as published by the National Fire Protection Association, is hereby adopted as the official Life Safety Code of the Town of Bar Harbor. A copy of said code shall be kept on file in the office of the Clerk of the Town of Bar Harbor.

(1)    Amendments. NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 200918 edition, is adopted in its published form as if fully set forth herein, with the following amendments and exceptions:

   (a)    Unvented fuel-fired heaters. Unvented fuel-fired heaters shall not be used in a bedroom or bathroom or in a manufactured home.

   (b)    Extinguishment requirements. The following provisions of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2009 edition, are not incorporated by reference:

     [1]    Chapter 12, Section 12.3.5.3, Subsections 3 and 4; and 

     [2]    Chapter 13, Section 13.3.5.3, Subsections 1 and 2. 

   (cb)  Extinguishment requirements in one- and two-family dwellings. Section 24.3.5.1 of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 200918 edition, is not incorporated by reference.

   (dc)  Stair risers, guards, treads, and tread nosing. The following provisions of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 200918 edition, are modified as indicated: The maximum height of risers as prescribed in Chapter 24, Section 24.2.5, is modified to permit a maximum seven-and-three-quarter-inch riser for newly constructed stairs in one- and two-family dwellings only. The minimum height of guards as prescribed in Chapter 24, Section 24.2.5, is modified to permit a minimum guard height of 36 inches for newly constructed stairs in one- and two-family dwellings only. The minimum tread depth as prescribed in Chapter 24, Section 24.2.5, shall be amended to permit a ten-inch tread depth for newly constructed stairs in one- and two-family dwellings only. Tread nosing as prescribed in Chapter 7, Section 7.2.2.3.53.2, is modified to permit a nosing at least ¾ inch but not more than 1 ¼ inches in depth for newly constructed one- and two-family dwellings. Nosings are not required where tread depth is not less than 11”.

   (ed)  Separated occupancies. Tables 6.1.14.4.1 a and bPart 1 & 2, Required Separation of Occupancies (hours.), shall be cross referenced with Table 508.4, Required Separation of Occupancies, of the 2015 International Building Code(IBC). Where separation requirements in the two tables conflict, separation requirements set forth in the IBC table control.

   (fe)  Accessory occupancies. Chapter 6, Section 6.1.14.1.3, of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 200918 edition, is not incorporated. Section 508.2, Accessory Occupancies, of the 2015 International Building Code governs.

   (gf)  Dead-end corridors. The following provisions of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 200918 edition, are modified as indicated: Chapter 18, Section 18.2.5.2, is modified to require dead-end corridors not to exceed 20 feet. Chapter 32, Section 32.3.2.5.4, is modified to require dead-end corridors not to exceed 50 feet. Chapter 42, Table 42.2.5, is modified to require that a dead-end corridor in an ordinary hazard storage occupancy protected by a sprinkler system not exceed 50 feet. A dead-end corridor in an ordinary hazard storage occupancy not protected by a sprinkler shall not exceed 20 feet.

   (g) Chapter 33.7.3.6 Add Section 19.7 shall apply in such instances.

B.    Fire Prevention Code adopted. In accordance with 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3003, as amended, the NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 200618 edition, as published by the National Fire Protection Association, is hereby adopted as the Fire Prevention Code of the Town of Bar Harbor. A copy of said code shall be kept on file in the office of the Clerk of the Town of Bar Harbor. Said code is hereby incorporated by reference as the minimum standards for safeguarding life and property from the hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the use or occupancy of buildings or premises.

(1)    Amendments. NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 200618 Edition, is adopted in its published form as if fully set forth herein, with the following amendments and exceptions:

   (a)    Chapter 13, Section 2.2.23.2.20.1, of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 200618 edition, is not incorporated.

   (b)    Chapter 20, Sections 2.3.5; 3.2.1; 4.2.6; 5.2.5.4; 6.2.6; 7.2.6; 8.2.6; 9.2.2; 10.2; and 11.2, of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition, are not incorporatedChapter 13, Section 3.2.3 shall be amended to read as follows: Chapter 13, Section 3.2.3 New buildings housing emergency fire, rescue or ambulance services shall be protected throughout by approved supervised automatic sprinkler systems. Sprinklers shall be permitted to be omitted from emergency fire, rescue or ambulance services that are storing vehicles or equipment only and are not part of a multiple mixed occupancy.

   (c)    Chapter 65, Section 11, of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition, is not incorporated. (See Rules of the State Fire Marshal, Chapter 25, and Title 8 M.R.S.A § 236.) 

   (d)   Chapter 66, Table(s) 66.2.3.2.1.1(a); 66.2.3.2.1.1(b); 66.2.3.2.1.4, of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition, are not incorporated. 

   (e)    Chapter 20, Section 11.1, shall be amended to read as follows: Chapter 20, Section 11.1 Application. New and existing one- and two-family dwellings shall comply with Section 20.11 and NFPA 101. Chapter 24, Section 3.5.1, of NFPA 101 shall not be incorporated in this rule. 

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