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§4822-01 Pre-Existing Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages
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(a) Scope. This section consolidates the Fire Prevention Code and Fire Department rules in effect on June 30, 2008, that are applicable to the design and installation of pre-existing motor fuel-dispensing facilities and repair garages.
(b) Definitions. Reserved
(c) Facilities in Compliance With Former Fire Department Rules in Effect on June 30, 2008. Liquid motor fuel storage and dispensing facilities, marine liquid motor fuel-dispensing facilities, compressed natural gas motor fuel-dispensing facilities, and repair garages in compliance with former Fire Department rules 3 RCNY §21-20, 21-21, 23-01, and/or 26-01, as applicable, in effect on June 30, 2008, are allowed and would be approved under the provisions of the Fire Code and the rules, and accordingly, such facilities shall be designed and installed in compliance with the requirements of FC Chapter 22 and the rules, except that where the distance of vent lines and fill and vapor recovery connections to lot lines in pre-existing liquid motor fuel-dispensing facilities and marine motor fuel-dispensing facilities is not in compliance with FC 3404.2.7.3.3 and 3404.2.7.5.2, compliance with such clearance distance requirements is not required until such time as such facilities are required to comply with the Fire Code and the rules with respect to such clearance distances.
(d) Pre-Existing Facilities. Liquid motor fuel-dispensing facilities, marine fuel-dispensing facilities and CNG motor fuel-dispensing facilities lawfully not in compliance with former Fire Department rules 3 RCNY §21-20, 21-21 and/or 23-01, as applicable, in effect on June 30, 2008, shall be designed and installed in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations, as set forth in R102-01(c)(3). Pre-existing firehouses with diesel motor fuel dispensing systems shall continue to comply with the requirements set forth in former Fire Department rule 3 RCNY §21-14 until such time as such facilities are required to comply with the Fire Code and the rules with respect to the design and installation of such motor fuel dispensing systems.
(e) Diesel Liquid Motor Fuel Dispensing Systems in Existing Firehouses.
(1) Former Fire Department Rule 3 RCNY §21-14
§21-14 Installation of Diesel Fuel Storage Systems in Existing Firehouses.
(1) No person or agency shall install diesel fuel oil storage equipment for use in existing firehouses except as provided in these rules.
(2) These rules shall not apply to installations in other than existing firehouses.
(3) All installations made under these rules shall be made by a licensed installer.
(4) For the purpose of these rules the term "licensed installer" shall be interpreted to mean a person licensed to install fuel oil systems or gasoline storage systems or a licensed plumber.
(b) General requirements.
(1) Diesel storage systems for existing firehouses shall consist of two (2) tanks of 275 gallons capacity or one (1) tank of 550 gallons capacity. See subdivision (m) of this section for schematic drawing of installation.
(2) Two (2) tank systems shall be equipped with valves to permit each tank to be isolated from the other.
(3) All installations shall conform with the provisions of Article 17 of Subchapter 14 of Chapter 1 of Title 27 of the Administrative Code insofar as they apply to the installation of storage tanks except as hereinafter provided for.
(c) Oil permitted. Oil stored in storage systems installed under these rules shall be diesel fuel oil as defined in §27-4002(10)(b) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.
(d) Material and construction of tanks.
(1) All tanks for the storage of diesel fuel oil shall be built of steel plates made by the open hearth or basic oxygen process. Such plates shall be free from physical imperfections, such as laminations, cracks, mill scale, etc. All steel must be new, in good condition and free from rust.
(2) All tanks shall be welded. Flanges or other pipe connections shall be sealed. Filler of any kind between plates is prohibited.
(3) Plate thickness.
(i) Tanks of 275 gallons capacity shall have a minimum thickness of shell and head plate No. 10 manufacturer's standard gauge (.134") steel plate.
(ii) Tanks of 550 gallons capacity shall be subject to the following requirements: (A) Tanks 36" in diameter and less-at least 1/4" shell and 1/4" heads.
(B) Tanks 37" to 72" in diameter-at least 1/4" shell and 5/16" heads.
(4) Tanks shall be cylindrical, oval, elongated oval or round and shall have dished heads with a curvature the radius of which is not greater than the diameter of the tank. Dished heads shall be formed with an adequate cylindrical extension rim to provide a welding surface.
(5) At time of installation all storage tanks shall bear a permanently fixed plate, spot-welded or equivalent, bearing the name of tank manufacturer, the gauge of material and capacity of tank. All shop fabricated storage tanks shall be installed without structural alteration.
(6) All openings shall be through the top of the storage tanks except that tanks shall be provided with a 1" capped opening in the bottom for cleaning and protection against corrosion.
(7) Tanks shall be painted with two (2) coats black asphaltum and stenciled with the lettering "Diesel Fuel Only." Letters to be white and 4" high.
(e) Location of tanks.
(1) Storage tanks shall be installed in the cellar above ground. Bottom of tanks shall be 12" above slab mounted on substantial incombustible supports and located not less than seven feet (7') of clear unobstructed space measured horizontally from any furnace or source of exposed flame unless protected as provided in §§27-829(a)(2) or (3) of the Administrative Code and at least two feet (2') from any surface where the temperature exceeds 165 deg. F.
(2) Tanks shall be located as near as practicable below the location of the dispensing pump which shall be located on the apparatus floor.
(i) All piping shall be new, standard, full-weight black steel, properly marked and duly approved.
(ii) Fittings shall be malleable iron.
(i) Piping shall be run in a substantial and workmanlike manner. Exposed piping shall be protected against mechanical injury and shall be securely supported with rigid metal fasteners or hangers. Pitch shall be a minimum 1/2" per 10' to tanks.
(ii) Fill suction and vent line connections to tanks shall have swing joints.
(iii) All joints shall be made with Litharge and Glycerine or Board of Standards and Appeals approved pipe joint compound.
(3) Vent pipe.
(i) An open vent of steel, without trap and draining to the tank, shall be provided for each storage tank. The lower end of the vent pipe shall not extend through the top of the storage tank more than one inch (1"). Cross connection between vent pipe and fill pipe is prohibited.
(ii) Vent pipes may not be run into a common header.
(iii) Vent pipes shall not be less than one and one-quarter inches (1 1/4") in diameter.
(iv) Vent pipes shall be provided with an approved weatherproof hood having a free area of not less than the pipe size area and shall terminate not less than two feet (2') nor more than twelve feet (12') above the fill pipe terminal. Vent pipe terminal shall be visible from location of the fill pipe terminal.
(v) Each tank shall be equipped with a "Scully Vent Alarm" or equal and shall be audible from the location of the fill pipe terminal.
(4) Fill pipe.
(i) Fill pipe shall terminate outside the building. The fill pipe terminal shall be located on the building wall a minimum eighteen inches (18") and a maximum two feet (2') above grade and at least (2') from any building opening and five feet (5') from any subway grating at or below the level of the fill pipe terminal.
(ii) A common fill pipe and header shall be installed in two (2) tank systems. The area of a common header pipe shall be no smaller than the largest branch fill pipe. Where a common fill pipe and header is installed, a shut-off valve shall be installed at each tank. Valve shall be sealed open. See §21-14(m) for schematic drawing of installation.
(iii) Fill pipe terminal shall be 2" or 3" left hand thread "Flagg Fill Pipe Terminal," Board of Standards and Appeals Calendar No. 345-35-SA or approved equal. The outer flange of the fill pipe terminal or the seal cap shall be provided with letters reading "Diesel Oil" and the calendar number under which the fill pipe terminal and the seal cap have been approved. Where there is a storage system of a volatile flammable oil and/or a storage system for fuel oil and a storage system for diesel fuel oil is to be used in the same premises, the terminal of the diesel oil fill pipe shall be provided with a left hand thread and the fill pipe fitting shall be a different size than the fill pipe(s) for the volatile flammable oil system and/or the fuel oil system. In lieu of the foregoing fill boxes may be of a type approved by the Board of Standards and Appeals and shall have cast in its cover an identifying name or symbol to differentiate between fuel oil for heating and diesel oil as motor fuel.
(iv) A porcelain enameled metal sign with 2" lettering reading "Diesel Oil" shall be permanently attached two feet (2') above the fill box on an adjacent wall.
(v) Where the top of the storage tank is above the fill pipe terminal, the fill pipe shall have connected to the top of the tank and be provided with a shut-off valve and swing check valve which shall be located at the fill pipe terminal, or the shut-off valve may be located inside the building at or below the level of the fill pipe terminal, in an accessible location.
(5) Suction lines.
(i) Suction lines shall be one and one-half inch (1 1/2") black steel.
(ii) Suction lines shall extend to within four inches (4") of the bottom of each tank.
(iii) In two (2) tank systems suction lines from each tank shall be run into a common header. Where a common suction line and header is installed, a check valve and a shut-off valve shall be installed at each tank. See §21-14(m) for schematic drawing of installation.
(g) Valves and control of oil flow.
(1) All valves shall be brass gate type suitable for use with oil.
(2) In a two (2) tank system, a shut-off valve shall be installed in the suction line and in the fill line to each tank. Valves shall be sealed open. See §21-14(m) for schematic drawing of installation.
(3) A check valve shall be installed in the suction line to each tank. See §21-14(m) for schematic drawing of installation. All check valves shall be angle check double poppet, similar to Buckeye No. 464 or approved equal.
(h) Oil level indicating devices and test wells.
(1) Oil level indicating devices.
(i) Individual approved direct reading liquid level gauges shall be mounted on each tank calibrated in gallons to the rated capacity of each tank.
(ii) Oil level indicating devices shall be constructed of substantial materials so designed that there can be no leakage of oil or oil vapor.
(2) Test wells shall not be permitted. Unused tank openings shall be permanently sealed to prevent removal of plugs or cover
(i) Dispensing pump.
(i) Pump shall be electric, not-computer, explosion proof type, model #U535 of the A.O. Smith Corporation (Board of Standards and Appeals Calendar No. 483-55-SA) or approved equal. All parts of pumps coming in contact with liquid shall be either galvanized or brass.
(ii) Pump shall be equipped with a discharge register and fitted with a tumbler lock equipped with two (2) keys.
(iii) Pump shall be equipped with a filter having a replaceable element (WIX or equivalent), fifteen feet (15') of hose and an automatic shut-off nozzle. Hose and nozzle shall be of a type approved by the Board of Standards and Appeals for use in dispensing diesel fuel.
(iv) Pump shall be equipped with a crank for manual operation in case of power failure.
(v) Pump to have words "Diesel Fuel" stenciled across the front panel in white letters 1" high.
(i) Pump shall be located on the apparatus floor in a location near apparatus doors and convenient for supplying tanks of motor vehicles directly by means of dispensing hose.
(ii) Where practicable, pump shall be located above the storage tank which shall be located in the cellar.
(iii) Pump shall be mounted on a concrete pad 30" long by 18" wide by 12" high.
(j) Permits, plans and inspection of storage tanks and piping.
(1) Permits. No diesel fuel oil storage system installed under these rules shall be operated until it is inspected and approved by a representative of the fire commissioner except that temporary operation shall be permitted upon the filing by the licensed installer of a certified statement that such equipment and the installation conforms with the plan for the installation and with applicable provisions of law.
(i) Plans for the installation of diesel fuel oil storage tanks in existing firehouses shall be prepared by the Fire Department buildings unit and submitted to the Bureau of Fire Prevention for approval before installation of the system. All such plans shall show compliance with these rules.
(ii) Plans for the installation of diesel fuel storage tanks in existing firehouses being remodeled under a modernization program shall be prepared by the agency charged with the modernization and shall be submitted by such agency to the Bureau of Fire Prevention for approval before installation of the system. All such plans shall show compliance with these rules.
(k) Fire protection. Tanks, pumps and piping shall be maintained oil tight and kept clear at all times.
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(m) Schematic drawings.
(1) Schematic drawing for two (2) 275 gallon tanks.
(2) Schematic drawing for 550 gallon tank.
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