Unformatted text preview: Bureau. • False Alarms: Persons who knowingly turn in a false fire alarm (including pulling a manual pull
station alarm) are liable for criminal prosecution.
The City of Grand Rapids Municipal Ordinance, Chapter 172, provides for fines for excessive
false fire alarms. False fire alarms caused by a contractor working in the building may incur a fine
of $100, payable by the contractor. More than 3 false fire alarms in a year may incur a fine of
$250 and up, payable by the building owner. Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors respond to both visible and invisible products of combustion and sense fire at the
earliest practical detection stage. Smoke detectors are used for numerous fire alarm functions ranging
from warning occupants to automatically closing doors.
• Locations: The Fire Code requires smoke detectors in all residential buildings larger than an
owner-occupied duplex. Residences require single-station (each smoke detector sounds
individually) or multiple-station smoke detectors (when one goes off, all detectors in the residence
sound) in the following locations: inside each sleeping area (bedrooms or wherever people sleep);
immediately adjacent to sleeping areas (hallways); and at least one smoke detector on each level
of the residence. These locations are strongly recommended for single-family and owner
occupied duplexes as well.
Smoke detectors located in the halls and other public areas of apartment buildings are connected
to the building alarm system.
& FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY PROGRAM • Inspections: Smoke detectors should be tested monthly to ensure proper operation. • Maintenance: In order for smoke detectors to function properly, they must be periodically cleaned
and tested. Dust accumulates in detectors over time and reduces the ability of the detector to
detect smoke. Simple vacuuming detectors on a regular cycle increases their useful life and
reliability. Hardwired smoke detectors in apartment buildings should be cleaned and tested by an
outside contractor on an annual basis, to ensure the sensing chamber and alarm circuits function
properly. • Abuse: Misuse, deactivat...
View Full Document
- Fall '13
- ........., Fire protection, Fire Prevention Bureau, Grand Rapids Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau, GRFD Fire Prevention Bureau, GRAND RAPIDS FIRE DEPARTMENT