26 September 2006
Provide hard-wired smoke alarms in the hallway between the bedroom areas and
the rest of the dwelling unit, and on each additional story of the family living unit,
including the basement. The smoke alarms should be interconnected so that
when one goes into alarm, they all will go into alarm. The smoke alarms must
comply with the requirements of NFPA 72 and NFPA 101.
Minor Improvement and Repair Projects.
For minor improvement and repair projects, depending on the scope of the
project, sprinkler protection should be considered for installation. At a minimum,
smoke alarms must obtain power that uses the commercial light and power
source, and must be located on every level of the dwelling unit.
Note: For projects that are cutting into a third of the walls, sprinkler protection
can be provided with minimal cost impact to the project.
For all improvement or repair projects involving major kitchen renovation, it is
recommended to provide sprinkler protection in the kitchen if sprinkler protection
is not included in the project. The installation of sprinklers must comply with the
requirements of NFPA 13, NFPA 13D or NFPA 13R.
Residential Range Top Extinguisher Units.
Residential range top extinguisher units are not required in new, revitalized or
existing housing. If residential range top extinguisher units are installed, the
units, upon activation, must automatically shut off all sources of fuel and electric
power that produce heat to the equipment being protected by that unit.
The common fire wall or fire resistive partition for townhouses, duplexes,
attached duplexes, or townhouse style apartments must be continuous from the
foundation to the underside of the roof deck and must extend the full length of the
The roof sheathing, for not less than a 1220 mm (4-ft) width on
each side of the wall, must be of noncombustible material or one layer of 16 mm
(5/8-inch) Type X gypsum wallboard attached to the underside of the roof
decking. Parapets are prohibited.
Off-Base Housing Requirements.
Family housing located outside military installations or bases must comply with
provisions of paragraphs 6-2.2 through 6-2.5 above, and must comply with
applicable local fire and building codes when the local fire department has "first