A kitchen and dining outhouse not occupied by anyone was
fitted with seven smoke detectors. They were all taken down,
put inside a pillow case and stash away in the closet. The
fireplace that uses logs to keep people warm keeps spewing
smoke into the room. The maximum ceiling height is about 17-
feet at the angled tip. Other areas is about 8-feet flat ceiling.
Occasionally, they have a drifter sleeping in this room. Is it a
violation to take all the smoke detectors down in this outhouse?
On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 10:46:07 -0500 "John Harlow"
used 15 lines of text to write in newsgroup: alt.home.repair
What? Nowhere in NFPA72 has an exemption specifically for vaulted ceilings.
In fact, if smoke detection is called for by the local AHJ in a common area with
vaulted ceilings they MUST be installed at the highest point.
Like swimming in a pool with the light on. I do not do it, my life is worth
more than 10 bucks. Nor would I go to sleep in your home with out detectors.
I have had the experience of waking up to an fire in my home. The detectors
provided me enough time to get out.
Instead of removing the detectors why not fix the fireplace?
Probably, but who cares? The important thing is that taking down the
smoke detectors is stupid and dangerous no matter what the code says.
If the church is letting people sleep there, are they also going to
provide burial services if they die there of smoke inhalation?
Fix the chimney with a better cap and put the smoke detectors back up.
Yup. Paying more for insurance doesn't constitute a code exemption.
And it amazes me how non-profits often act like that status also
provides some kind of exemption - sort of, "since we're well
intentioned, we shouldn't have to follow the laws...."
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