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Discussion in 'Industry News' started by cda, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. cda

    cda Sawhorse

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    “””State officials who inspect home child care centers do not check for smoke detectors, the state Department of Human Services confirmed. It’s out of their purview, spokeswoman Ali Fogarty said.

    Home day care centers are subject to yearly inspections that mostly involve child proofing, but don't check on fire safety, according to Santone.”””



    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/13/pennsylvania-daycare-caught-fire-did-not-have-enough-smoke-detectors/2002744001/



    The state checks for them in my state.

    Simple five dollar item, come on.
     
  2. mtlogcabin

    mtlogcabin Sawhorse

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    We only do life safety fire inspections for the initial license approval of family daycares in residence of 6 kids or less. Health department does the annuals. We do fire/life safety annuals for all other day cares over 6 children. Required by the state for their license renewal which also includes CO detectors

    They should have never been granted a license without at least a smoke detector on every level



    § 3280.15. Building codes.

    A certificate of compliance will not be granted by the Department until the legal entity provides a certificate of occupancy as proof of compliance with the applicable requirements of the Department of Labor and Industry in 34 Pa. Code § 403.23 (relating to child day care facilities).



    403.23. Child day care facilities.


    (a) A dwelling unit where child day care services are provided for less than 24 hours for 4 to 12 children is an R-3 occupancy if the dwelling unit is used primarily as a private residence and the provision of day care services is accessory to the principal use of the dwelling unit as a residence.

    (b) A day care facility that is an R-3 occupancy under subsection (a) which provides day care services to 4—6 children shall comply with all of the following:

    (1) Have a smoke detector on each floor and in the basement. The smoke detector may be powered by a nonreplacable, lithium battery listed by Underwriters Laboratories® that is warranted for 10 years and should sound an alarm when activated that is audible to persons in the unit’s indoor child care space with all intervening doors closed. Where this type of detector is utilized, the unit owner of this detector shall keep the proof and date of purchase of the detector in the unit’s fire drill logs.

    (2) Have a portable fire extinguisher rated for Class B Fires in the kitchen and other cooking areas.

    (3) Meet the exiting requirements for an R-3 occupancy and licensure under 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3290 (relating to family child day care homes).

    (c) A day care facility that is an R-3 occupancy under subsection (a) which provides day care services to 7—12 children shall comply with all of the following:

    (1) Have an interconnected smoke detector system.

    (2) Have a fire extinguisher rated for Class B fires in the kitchen and other cooking areas.

    (3) Meet the exiting requirements for an R-3 occupancy and licensure under 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3280 (relating to group child day care homes).

    (d) All other child day care facilities shall be classified under Chapter 3 of the ‘‘International Building Code of 2015.’’ The facilities shall meet all Uniform Construction Code standards for these occupancy classifications.
     
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  3. tmurray

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    The fire marshal inspects them every single year here.

    This is a very high risk occupancy.

    The local agencies might want to re-assess their risk assessment system used to determine prioritization on fire inspections.
     

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