I was wondering if our knowledgeable folks on here know if we will have to install a new fire alarm system in the entire building because of our work ? Who can we contact to find out the exact requirements before we get too much down the road ?
Thanks Manch, we were particularly concerned about the last requirement. Our bldg is a condo bldg occupied by owners, so we don’t know if we need a fire alarm for the bldg. We don’t even have a fire alarm. This new requirement says that we have to upgrade the fire alarm system.
"FIRE ALARM SLEEPING AREA REQUIREMENTS (SFFC Section 1188.8.131.52)
Sleeping Area Requirements
For all buildings that are required to have a fire alarm system under this [Fire] Code, the Building Code, the Housing Code or any other law, the building owner shall upgrade the fire alarm system, if necessary, to comply with the sound level requirement for sleeping areas set forth in Section 184.108.40.206 of NFPA 72 (2013 edition), as amended from time to time, upon either (a) completion of work under a building permit with a cost of construction of $50,000 or more or (b) July 1, 2021, whichever occurs first.
Wanted to give everyone an update -
The fire inspector came over and just signed off on the permits. He said the BoS have no clue what they’re doing and never consulted the fire department before passing that regulation. There is confusion abound all over the city specifically for cases like ours(seemed we aren’t alone and they’re not enforcing it by the book.)
He said eventually we will have to install a fire alarm system with a panel in the common area and all the smoke detectors will have to be tied in to that system and the fire alarm system will have to meet the audible requirements. We may have to comply with it by 2021.
For now, we are good and will wait for the city to send us a letter.
Has anyone upgraded their fire alarm to meet this requirement (SFFC Section 1220.127.116.11)? I am still trying to understand the requirements. Our 7 unit building has a fairly new fire alarm in the lobby and smoke/CO2 detector in the bedrooms.
So, the requirement is to install an additional noise making device connected to the main fire alarm in each bedroom that shall have a sound level of at least 15 dB above the average ambient sound level or 5 dB above the maximum sound level having a duration of at least 60 seconds or a sound level of at least 75 dBA? Did I understand this correctly?
Is there a list of contractors who do this? What is the penalty if we don’t meet the deadline?