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  1. This section shall apply within the work area for all reconstruction projects.
  2. Capacity of Means of Egress: The capacity of the means of egress in each work area shall be sufficient for the maximum permitted occupant load of the work area and any adjacent spaces served by that means of egress as calculated on a per floor basis. Means of egress shall be measured in units of exit width of 22 inches.
    1. The maximum permitted occupant load of a space shall be determined by the capacity of the means of egress serving the space as calculated in accordance with Table 1. Building owners shall have the option of establishing a reasonable restriction on the occupant load of the space based on the existing capacity of the means of egress or of providing additional egress capacity. (Plan review--Building, Fire. Inspection--Building)
      1. Exception: For nightclubs, the occupant load of the space shall be determined in accordance with the building subcode. The occupant load for dance floors shall be calculated at seven square feet of floor area per occupant. (Plan review--Building, Fire. Inspection--Building)

        Table 1
        CAPACITY PER UNIT EGRESS WIDTH
        Without automatic sprinkler a system Number of occupants With automatic sprinkler system Number of occupants
        Group Stairways Doors, Ramps and Corridors Stairways Doors, Ramps and Corridors
        A 75 100 113 150
        B 60 100 90 150
        E 75 100 113 150
        F 60 100 90 150
        H - - 60 100
        I-1 60 100 90 100
        I-2/I-4 22 30 35 45
        I-3 60 100 90 150
        M 60 100 90 150
        R 75 100 113 150
        S 60 100 90 150

        Note: The occupant load may be equal to the total number of occupants for which exit capacity is provided as determined by Table 1 above. For Group A occupancies, the resulting total occupant load shall not exceed one occupant per five square feet of net floor area over the entire use.

        Interpolation shall be allowed in determining capacity of egress width.

        Unit of egress width = 22 inches
  3. Interior Finishes: Interior finishes within work areas shall comply with the following:
    1. Existing interior finishes of walls and ceilings shall have a flame spread rating not greater than the class prescribed by Table 2 below. All existing interior finish materials which do not comply with the requirements of this section shall be removed or shall be treated with an approved fire retardant coating in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions to secure compliance with the requirements of this section. Exceptions are allowed as follows:
      1. The use of vinyl or paper wall coverings not exceeding 1/28th of an inch in thickness which is applied directly to a noncombustible or fire retardant treated wood substrate shall not be regulated by this section.
      2. Interior trim which does not exceed 10 percent of the aggregate wall and ceiling area of any room or space shall not be regulated by this section.
      3. When an approved automatic sprinkler system is provided, interior finish of Class II or Class III materials shall be permitted where Class I or Class II materials, respectively, are required by this section.
      4. Exposed portions of structural members complying with the requirements for heavy timber construction in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code shall not be regulated by this section. (Plan review--Building, Fire. Inspection--Building)

        Table 2
        Existing Interior Finish Requirements
        Group Exit Enclosures Exit Access Enclosures Rooms or Spaces
        A, E, I, R-1 I II III
        All Other Groups I II No Minimum


        The classification of interior finishes referred to herein corresponds to flame spread ratings determined by ASTM E84 as follows: Class I flame spread, 0-25; Class II flame spread, 26-75; Class III flame spread, 76-200. In all cases, the smoke developed rating determined by ASTM E84 shall not exceed 450.

        See Group A-3 for amusement buildings.
  4. Commercial cooking operations: An automatic fire extinguishing system shall be required for newly installed commercial cooking equipment producing grease-laden vapors, except within individual dwelling units in multiple-family dwellings in Group R-2. No automatic fire extinguishing system shall be required for completely enclosed ovens, steam tables or similar equipment.
    1. Exception: Bed and breakfast homestay facilities, which are designed to accommodate five or fewer guests, shall not be required to comply with this provision. (Fire)
  5. The following requirements shall apply to all casino hotels:
    1. All casino hotel standpipe connections throughout the building shall be identified by a constantly lit four-inch round blue light connected to an emergency electrical system located no less than 24 inches and not more than 48 inches above the hose connection. Standpipe connections located on columns shall be marked on all four sides of the column as described above.
      1. This requirement shall not apply to standpipe hose connections in buildings or portions thereof of Group R-1 that are located in or within 10 feet of an approved exit stairway enclosure.
      2. This requirement shall not apply to standpipe hose connections located in open parking structures.
    2. All illuminated signs, amplification systems, turn tables, or sound-producing equipment located on or open and adjacent to the casino floor(s) shall be interlocked with the fire alarm system so that activation of the fire alarm system results in disconnection of electrical power to the device(s).
      1. This requirement does not apply to exit signs or emergency communications systems.
      2. This requirement shall not apply to slot machines or similar gaming equipment.
    3. On casino gaming floors and adjacent spaces open to the casino gaming floor, all house lighting shall return to normal lighting levels or all emergency lights shall be activated upon activation of the fire alarm system. For the purpose of applying this requirement, normal lighting level shall mean an illumination level of not less than one foot-candle (11 lux) at the floor level. (Plan Review--Electrical, Fire. Inspection--Fire)
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