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Section 303 Tar Kettles and Asphalt Melters

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303.1 Transporting
Tar kettles and asphalt melters shall not be transported or otherwise moved when the heat source for the kettle or melter is operating.

Exception: Tar kettles and asphalt melters in the process of patching road surfaces.
303.2 Location
Tar kettles and asphalt melters shall not be located within 20 feet (6096 mm) of any combustible material, combustible building surface or any building opening and within a controlled area identified by the use of traffic cones, barriers or other approved means. Tar kettles, asphalt melters and pots shall not be utilized indoors or on the roof of a building or structure, except that LPG-fueled asphalt melters may be utilized on the roof of a building or structure in accordance with the rules. Roofing kettles, and operating tar kettles and asphalt melters shall not block means of egress, gates, roadways or entrances.
303.3 Location of Fuel Containers
Fuel containers shall be located at least 10 feet (3048 mm) from the burner.

Exception: Containers properly insulated from heat or flame are allowed to be within 2 feet (610 mm) of the burner.
303.4 Supervision
An operating tar kettle or asphalt melter requiring a permit shall be under the personal supervision of a person holding a certificate of fitness. The certificate of fitness holder shall be within 100 feet (30 480 mm) of the kettle or melter, have the kettle or melter within sight and have unobstructed access to the kettle or melter. Ladders and other obstacles shall not form a part of the route between the certificate of fitness holder and the kettle or melter. The certificate of fitness holder shall not have to climb or descend a ladder or circumvent any obstacle to gain access to the kettle or melter.
303.5 Portable Fire Extinguishers
There shall be at least one portable fire extinguisher complying with the requirements of FC906 and with a minimum 3-A:40-B:C rating within 25 feet (7620 mm) of each tar kettle and asphalt melter during the period such kettle or melter is being utilized, and one additional portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 3-A:40-B:C rating on the roof being covered.
303.6 Lids
Tar kettles and asphalt melters shall be equipped with tight-fitting lids.
303.7 Hi-Boys
Hi-boys shall be constructed of noncombustible materials. Hi-boys shall be limited to a capacity of 55 gallons (208 L). Fuel sources or heating elements shall not be allowed as part of a hi-boy.
303.8 Kettle and Asphalt Melter Construction
Any kettle used as a tar kettle and any melter used as an asphalt melter shall be constructed of noncombustible materials.
303.9 Fuel Containers Under Air Pressure
It shall be unlawful to store, handle or use fuel containers that operate under air pressure.
303.10 Flammable Liquid Fuel
It shall be unlawful to store, handle or use tar kettles or asphalt melters that utilize flammable liquid as a fuel.
303.11 Roofing Operations
Roofing operations, including repairs, using open-flame devices shall comply with the requirements of FC1417 and FC Chapters 26 and 35.

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