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Re: Fire Code Question: 5 story IMD bldg, circa 1886

Posted by lofter on February 12, 2002 at 09:01:42:

In Reply to: Fire Code Question: 5 story IMD bldg, circa 1886 posted by Betty on February 10, 2002 at 17:59:02:

As the building in question is an IMD (where residential use is only allowed at the 3rd floor and above) any exemption from specific fire code requirements (i.e. sprinkler installations in stairwells, hallways, in proximity to cast iron / steel columns) could jeopardized the safety of the residential tenants on the floors above.
Why (except for cost) would there be any consideration of not installing sprinklers?
The purpose of fire code regulations are to allow for the safe evacuation of a building in the case of fire. Should a fire break out at, say 2 AM, the proper installation of sprinklers could allow for an additional ~ 2 hours of escape time for occupants.
If you are a residential occupant of the building then you might be wise to make sure that your building is fully fire-protected.
If you are the owner / agent in charge of the code compliance work at the building, then it is your legal responsibility to make certain that all applicable fire-codes are met.

: When installing sprinklers in a loft building, is it possible to exempt the 2nd floor when there is an existing exterior fire escape plus an interior stairway?

: Seeking qualified attorney. Please call 212/431-8459

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