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Chapter 1 Administration

Chapter 2 Definitions

Chapter 3 General Precautions Against Fire

Chapter 4 Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Chapter 5 Fire Operations Features

Chapter 6 Building Services and Systems

Chapter 7 Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction

Chapter 8 Interior Furnishings, Decorations and Scenery

Chapter 9 Fire Protection Systems

Chapter 10 Means of Egress

Chapter 11 Aviation Facilities and Operations

Chapter 12 Dry Cleaning

Chapter 13 Combustible Dust-Producing Operations

Chapter 14 Fire Safety During Construction, Alteration and Demolition

Chapter 15 Flammable Finishes

Chapter 16 Fruit and Crop Ripening

Chapter 17 Fumigation and Insecticidal Fogging

Chapter 18 Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities

Chapter 19 Lumber Yards and Wood Waste Materials

Chapter 20 Manufacture of Organic Coatings

Chapter 21 Industrial Furnaces

Chapter 22 Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages

Chapter 23 High-Piled Combustible Storage

Chapter 24 Tents and Other Membrane Structures

Chapter 25 Tire Rebuilding and Tire Storage

Chapter 26 Welding and Other Hot Work

Chapter 27 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS—GENERAL PROVISIONS

Chapter 28 Aerosols

Chapter 29 Combustible Fibers

Chapter 30 Compressed Gases

Chapter 31 Corrosive Materials

Chapter 32 Cryogenic Fluids

Chapter 33 Explosives, Fireworks and Special Effects

Chapter 34 Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Chapter 35 Flammable Gases

Chapter 36 Flammable Solids

Chapter 37 Highly Toxic and Toxic Materials

Chapter 38 Liquefied Petroleum Gases

Chapter 39 Organic Peroxides

Chapter 40 Oxidizers, Oxidizing Gases and Oxidizing Cryogenic Fluids

Chapter 41 Pyrophoric Materials

Chapter 42 Pyroxylin Plastics

Chapter 43 Unstable (Reactive) Materials

Chapter 44 Water-Reactive Solids and Liquids

Chapter 45 Referenced Standards

Appendix A Fees

Appendix B Referenced Standard Modifications

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This chapter shall govern the manufacture, storage, handling and use of water-reactive solids and liquids, except for the display and storage of water-reactive solids and liquids in Group M occupancies complying with the requirements of FC2703.11, and storage of water-reactive solids and liquids in Group S occupancies complying with the requirements of FC2703.11.
Permits shall be required as set forth in FC105.6.
Water-reactive solids and liquids shall be manufactured, stored, handled and used in accordance with this chapter.
It shall be unlawful to manufacture, store, handle or use detonable water-reactive solids and liquids, except as specifically authorized by FC Chapter 33.
The handling and use of water-reactive solids and liquids in quantities requiring a permit shall be under the personal supervision of a certificate of fitness holder. The storage of water-reactive solids and liquids in quantities requiring a permit shall be under the general supervision of a certificate of fitness holder.
The following term shall, for the purposes of this chapter and as used elsewhere in this code, have the meaning shown herein.

WATER-REACTIVE MATERIAL. A material that explodes, violently reacts, produces flammable, toxic or other hazardous gases, and/or generates enough heat to cause autoignition or ignition of combustible materials upon exposure to water or moisture. Water-reactive materials are classified as follows:

Class 1. Materials that react with water with some release of energy, but not violently.

Class 2. Materials that react violently with water or cause water to boil upon contact; produce flammable, toxic or other hazardous gases upon contact with water; or upon contact with water generate sufficient heat to cause autoignition or ignition of adjoining combustible materials.

Class 3. Materials that react explosively with water without requiring heat or confinement.
The storage, handling and use of water-reactive solids and liquids in amounts not exceeding the maximum allowable quantity per control area indicated in FC2703.1 shall be in accordance with FC 2701, 2703, 4401, 4403 and 4406.
It shall be unlawful to store, handle or use:

1. Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids in Group A, E, I, R or U occupancies.

2. Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids in offices in Group B, F, M or S occupancies, or any other areas of such occupancy accessible to the public.
The storage, handling and use of water-reactive solids and liquids in amounts exceeding the maximum allowable quantity per control area indicated in FC2703.1 shall be in accordance with FC Chapter 27 and this chapter.
Where more than one class of water-reactive solids and liquids is stored in immediate proximity to one another, such area shall be provided with hazard identification signs pursuant to FC Chapter 27 for the most severe class present.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this code, where more than one class of water-reactive solids and liquids is stored in the same control area, the maximum quantity allowed of each water-reactive solid or liquid shall be limited as follows: the maximum quantity shall be reduced by the maximum allowable quantity for each such solid or liquid by the proportion that such solid or liquid bears to the total quantity of water-reactive solid and liquid stored in the control area. The total of the proportional amounts shall not exceed 100 percent.
Indoor storage of water-reactive solids and liquids in amounts exceeding the maximum allowable quantity per control area indicated in FC Table 2703.1.1(1), shall be in accordance with FC 2701, 2703, 2704 and this chapter.
Storage of water-reactive solids and liquids shall be in a detached building when required by FC2703.8.2.
In addition to the provisions of FC2704.12, floors in storage areas for water-reactive solids and liquids shall be of liquid-tight construction.
Rooms or areas used for the storage of water-reactive solids and liquids shall be constructed in a manner which resists the penetration of water through the use of waterproof materials. Piping carrying water for other than sprinkler systems shall not be within such rooms or areas.
When Class 2 and/or Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids are stored in areas protected by a sprinkler system, the materials shall be stored in closed water-tight containers.
Water-reactive solids and liquids stored in quantities greater than 500 cubic feet (14 m3) shall be separated into piles, each not larger than 500 cubic feet (14 m3). Aisle widths between piles shall not be less than the height of the pile or 4 feet (1219 mm), whichever is greater.

Exception: Water-reactive solids and liquids stored in tanks.
Class 2 water-reactive solids and liquids shall not be stored in basements or other areas below grade unless such materials are stored in closed water-tight containers or tanks.
Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids shall not be stored in basements or other areas below grade.
Class 2 or Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids shall not be stored with flammable liquids.
Indoor storage rooms, areas and buildings containing Class 2 or Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids shall be provided with explosion control in accordance with FC911 and the construction codes, including the Building Code.
Rooms or areas for the storage of water-reactive solids and liquids shall be provided with smoke and heat venting in accordance with FC910 and the construction codes, including the Building Code.
Outdoor storage of water-reactive solids and liquids in quantities exceeding the maximum allowable quantity per control area indicated in FC Table 2703.1.1(3) shall be in accordance with FC 2701, 2703, 2704 and this chapter.
Outdoor storage of water-reactive solids and liquids shall be within tanks or closed water-tight containers and shall be in accordance with FC 4404.2.2 through 4404.2.5.
Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids shall not be stored within 75 feet (22 860 mm) of buildings, lot lines, public streets, private roads or means of egress.
Outdoor storage of Class 1 and Class 2 water-reactive solids and liquids shall not be within 20 feet (6096 mm) of buildings, lot lines, public streets, private roads or means of egress. A 2-hour fire barrier wall without openings or penetrations, and extending not less than 30 inches (762 mm) above and to the sides of the storage area, is allowed in lieu of such distance. The wall shall either be an independent structure, or the exterior wall of the building adjacent to the storage area.
Class 3 water-reactive solids and liquids shall be limited to piles not greater than 500 cubic feet (14 m3).
Class 1 and Class 2 water-reactive solids and liquids shall be limited to piles not greater than 1,000 cubic feet (28 m3).
Aisle widths between piles shall not be less than one-half the height of the pile or 10 feet (3048 mm), whichever is greater.
Secondary containment shall be provided in accordance with FC2704.2.2.
Water-reactive solids and liquids in amounts exceeding the maximum allowable quantity per control area indicated in FC Table 2703.1.1(1) or 2703.1.1(3) shall be handled and used in accordance with FC 2701, 2703, 2705 and this chapter.
Water-reactive solids and liquids classified as a Class IV material as defined in Section 42-272 of the Zoning Resolution may be utilized in manufacturing processes or other production in manufacturing districts only when authorized by a special permit pursuant to Section 42-276 of the Zoning Resolution.
It shall be unlawful to manufacture water-reactive solids and liquids classified as a Class IV material as defined in Section 42-272 of the Zoning Resolution.
It shall be unlawful to store water-reactive solids and liquids classified as a Class IV material as defined in Section 42-272 of the Zoning Resolution, except that accessory storage authorized by a special permit pursuant to Section 42-276 of the Zoning Resolution shall be allowed.
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