Fire Inspector Principles and Practice 2016 explains that while all code

Fire inspector principles and practice 2016 explains

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Fire Inspector: Principles and Practice (2016) explains that while all code violations must be corrected as soon as possible, some items “such as unlit exit signs, do not have the same degree of urgency” (p. 94, para. 4). In addition, if some violations have been overlooked for years, the business owner may question why they are receiving a violation now (International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Protection Association, 2016). Examples such as Hinds-Aldrich’s incentive-based fee system may encourage everyone to be more compliant. The cost-benefit ratio of some fire safety equipment may be lower than others and therefore easier for business owners to implement. Multi-use home and office fire extinguishers typically cost around $60, while industrial heavy-duty extinguishers to fight Type A, B, C, and D fires cost between $300 and $800 (Costhelper, n.d.). In addition, these fire extinguishers must be inspected annually at a cost of around $40 per extinguisher and they typically cost between $20 to $50 to be recharged, if needed (Online Safety Depot, n.d.). A typical fire alarm system will cost between $2-$3 per square foot for a basic system and $4-$6 per square foot for a more complex system and monthly monitoring will range between $50-$60 per month (Costowl, n.d.). A sprinkler system will be one of the largest fire prevention costs for an owner if it has not already been installed, typically costing between $1-$2 per square foot for a new building, $2-$7 per square foot for retrofit, or even upwards of $10 per square foot for a historical building (Costhack, n.d.). Schulte (2002) stated Excessive code compliance costs not only result in higher costs for goods and services offered to the general public, but also have an impact the viability of building projects.
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UNIT 5 SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY 6 Often the application of code requirements to existing buildings affects the feasibility of the redevelopment of an existing building. (para. 3) While these costs may seem high to the average person, these items are required in businesses and the costs often far outweigh those associated with loss of property, life, and impending lawsuits after a fire incident. In 2018, the South Carolina State NFIRS Program (n.d.) reported Aiken County had $3,099,600 in property loss due to fire, but $6,970,267 in property saved (p. 13). Imagine how high the property loss could have been without fire code enforcement. Richard Schulte (2002) explained it best when he said that someone must pay for fire safety features being incorporated into buildings, [B]ut all too often those involved with developing building fire safety regulations simply ignore the costs of code compliance and, more or less, blindly write code requirements
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  • Summer '18
  • Edmond Rodriguez
  • Active fire protection, Fire protection, Fire sprinkler, Fire sprinkler system

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