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Chapter 24 One- And Two Family Dwellings

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24.1.1.1

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The Rhode Island Fire Code's application to one (1) and two (2) family dwellings is strictly limited to the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide smoke detection as outlined in sections §§ 24.6.1 through 24.6.3.1.7 as outlined below. §§ 24.1 through 24.5.1.2 may therefore only be otherwise utilized by the AHJ if they are specifically referenced by §§ 24.6.1 through 24.6.3.1.7 or are referenced by, and mandated under, a separate occupancy section of this code.
One- and two-family dwellings shall be limited to buildings containing not more than two dwelling units in which each dwelling unit is occupied by members of a single family with not more than three outsiders, if any, accommodated in rented rooms.
The requirements of this chapter shall apply to new buildings and to existing or modified buildings used as a one- or two-family dwelling according to the provisions of 1.3.1.
The provisions of Chapter 1 shall apply.
The provisions of Chapter 4 shall apply.
Multiple occupancies shall be in accordance with 6.1.14.
No dwelling unit of a residential occupancy shall have its sole means of egress pass through any nonresidential occupancy in the same building, unless otherwise permitted by 24.1.3.2.1 or 24.1.3.2.2.
In buildings that are protected by an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 9.7, dwelling units of a residential occupancy shall be permitted to have their sole means of egress pass through a nonresidential occupancy in the same building, provided that all of the following criteria are met:
  1. The dwelling unit of the residential occupancy shall comply with Chapter 24.
  2. The sole means of egress from the dwelling unit of the residential occupancy shall not pass through a high hazard contents area, as defined in 6.2.2.4.
In buildings that are not protected by an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 9.7, dwelling units of a residential occupancy shall be permitted to have their sole means of egress pass through a nonresidential occupancy in the same building, provided that all of the following criteria are met:
  1. The sole means of egress from the dwelling unit of the residential occupancy to the exterior shall be separated from the remainder of the building by fire barriers having a minimum 1-hour fire resistance rating.
  2. The dwelling unit of the residential occupancy shall comply with Chapter 24.
  3. The sole means of egress from the dwelling unit of the residential occupancy shall not pass through a high hazard contents area, as defined in 6.2.2.4.
Multiple dwelling units of a residential occupancy shall be permitted to be located above a nonresidential occupancy only where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. Where the dwelling unit of the residential occupancy and exits therefrom are separated from the nonresidential occupancy by construction having a minimum 1-hour fire resistance rating
  2. Where the nonresidential occupancy is protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 9.7
  3. Where the nonresidential occupancy is protected by an automatic fire detection system in accordance with Section 9.6
Atrium walls in accordance with 6.1.14.4.6 shall be permitted to serve as part of the separation required by 6.1.14.4.1 for creating separated occupancies on a story-by-story basis.
For definitions, see Chapter 3, Definitions.
Special terms applicable to this chapter are defined in Chapter 3 of this Code. Where necessary, other terms are defined in the text.
The contents of residential occupancies shall be classified as ordinary hazard in accordance with 6.2.2.
The provisions of Chapter 7 shall not apply to means of escape, unless specifically referenced in this chapter.
In dwellings or dwelling units of two rooms or more, every sleeping room and every living area shall have not less than one primary means of escape and one secondary means of escape.
A secondary means of escape shall not be required where one of the following conditions is met:
  1. The bedroom or living area has a door leading directly to the outside of the building at or to the finished ground level.
  2. The dwelling unit is protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with 24.3.5.
The primary means of escape shall be a door, stairway, or ramp providing a means of unobstructed travel to the outside of the dwelling unit at street or the finished ground level.
The secondary means of escape, other than an existing approved means of escape, shall be one of the means specified in 24.2.2.3.1 through 24.2.2.3.4.
It shall be a door, stairway, passage, or hall providing a way of unobstructed travel to the outside of the dwelling at street or the finished ground level that is independent of and remote from the primary means of escape.
It shall be a passage through an adjacent nonlockable space, independent of and remote from the primary means of escape, to any approved means of escape.
It shall be an outside window or door operable from the inside without the use of tools, keys, or special effort and shall provide a clear opening of not less than 5.7 ft2 (0.53 m2). The width shall be not less than 20 in. (510 mm), and the height shall be not less than 24 in. (610 mm). The bottom of the opening shall be not more than 44 in. (1120 mm) above the floor. Such means of escape shall be acceptable where one of the following criteria is met:
  1. The window shall be within 20 ft (6100 mm) of the finished ground level.
  2. The window shall be directly accessible to fire department rescue apparatus as approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
  3. The window or door shall open onto an exterior balcony.
  4. Windows having a sill height below the adjacent finished ground level shall be provided with a window well meeting all of the following criteria:
    1. The window well shall have horizontal dimensions that allow the window to be fully opened.
    2. The window well shall have an accessible net clear opening of not less than 9 ft2 (0.82 m2) with a length and width of not less than 36 in. (915 mm).
    3. A window well with a vertical depth of more than 44 in. (1120 mm) shall be equipped with an approved permanently affixed ladder or with steps meeting both of the following criteria:
      1. The ladder or steps shall not encroach more than 6 in. (150 mm) into the required dimensions of the window well.
      2. The ladder or steps shall not be obstructed by the window.
It shall be a bulkhead complying with 24.2.7 and meeting the minimum area requirements of 24.2.2.3.
Ladders or steps that comply with the requirements of 24.2.2.3.3(4)(c) shall be exempt from the requirements of 7.2.2.
In buildings, other than existing buildings and other than those protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system in accordance with 24.3.5, every story more than 2000 ft2 (185 m2) in area within the dwelling unit shall be provided with two primary means of escape remotely located from each other.
Any required path of travel in a means of escape from any room to the outside shall not pass through another room or apartment not under the immediate control of the occupant of the first room or through a bathroom or other space subject to locking.
Doors in the path of travel of a means of escape, other than bathroom doors in accordance with 24.2.4.2 and doors serving a room not exceeding 70 ft2 (6.5 m2), shall be not less than 28 in. (710 mm) wide.
Bathroom doors and doors serving a room not exceeding 70 ft2 (6.5 m2) shall be not less than 24 in. (610 mm) wide.
Doors shall be not less than 6 ft 6 in. (1980 mm) in nominal height.
Every closet door latch shall be such that children can open the door from inside the closet.
Every bathroom door shall be designed to allow opening from the outside during an emergency when locked.
Doors shall be swinging or sliding.
No door in any means of escape shall be locked against egress when the building is occupied. All locking devices that impede or prohibit egress or that cannot be easily disengaged shall be prohibited.
Floor levels at doors in the primary means of escape shall comply with 7.2.1.3, unless otherwise permitted by any of the following:
  1. In existing buildings, where the door discharges to the outside or to an exterior balcony or exterior exit access, the floor level outside the door shall be permitted to be one step lower than the inside, but shall not be in excess of 8 in. (205 mm).
  2. In new buildings, where the door discharges to the outside or to an exterior exit access, an exterior landing with not more than a 7 in. (180 mm) drop below the door threshold and a minimum dimension of 36 in. (915 mm) or the width of the door leaf, whichever is greater, shall be permitted.
  3. A door at the top of an interior stair shall be permitted to open directly onto a stair, provided that the door does not swing over the stair and the door serves an area with an occupant load of fewer than 50 persons.
Forces to open doors shall comply with 7.2.1.4.5.
Latching devices for doors shall comply with 7.2.1.5.10.
Stairs, ramps, guards, and handrails shall be in accordance with 7.2.2 for stairs, 7.2.5 for ramps, and 7.2.2.4 for guards and handrails, as modified by 24.2.5.1.1 through 24.2.5.1.3.
The provisions of 7.2.2.5, 7.2.5.5, and 7.7.3 shall not apply to stairs and ramps.
If serving as a secondary means of escape, stairs complying with the fire escape requirements of Table 7.2.8.4(a) or Table 7.2.8.4(b) shall be permitted.
If serving as a secondary means of escape, ramps complying with the existing ramp requirements of Table 7.2.5.3(b) shall be permitted.
Interior stairways shall be provided with means capable of providing artificial light at the minimum level specified by 7.8.1.3 for exit stairs, measured at the center of treads and on landing surfaces within 24 in. (610 mm) of step nosings.
For interior stairways, manual lighting controls shall be reachable and operable without traversing any step of the stair.
The clear width of stairs, landings, ramps, balconies, and porches shall be not less than 36 in. (915 mm), measured in accordance with 7.3.2.
Spiral stairs and winders in accordance with 7.2.2.2.3 and 7.2.2.2.4 shall be permitted within a single dwelling unit.
No sleeping rooms or living areas shall be accessible only by a ladder, a stair ladder, an alternating tread device or folding stairs, or through a trap door.
The width of hallways, other than existing approved hallways, which shall be permitted to continue to be used, shall be not less than 36 in. (915 mm).
The height of hallways, other than existing approved hallways, which shall be permitted to continue to be used, shall be not less than 7 ft (2135 mm) nominal, with clearance below projections from the ceiling of not less than 6 ft 8 in. (2030 mm) nominal.
Where provided, bulkhead enclosures shall provide direct access to the basement from the exterior.
Stairways serving bulkhead enclosures that are not part of the required primary means of escape, and that provide access from the outside finished ground level to the basement, shall be exempt from the provisions of 24.2.5.1 when the maximum height from the basement finished floor level to the finished ground level adjacent to the stairway does not exceed 8 ft (2440 mm), and the finished ground level opening to the stairway is covered by a bulkhead enclosure with hinged doors or other approved means.
New bathtubs, bathtub-shower combinations, and showers shall be provided with grab bars unless otherwise permitted by 24.2.8.1.2.
Grab bars shall not be required in showers where the transition from the room floor to the shower floor does not exceed 0.5 in. (13 mm) in height and all shower surfaces are slip resistant when wet.
Where provided, grab bars shall comply with 24.2.8.2 through 24.2.8.4.
All dimensions shall be measured to the centerline of the grab bar unless otherwise stated.
A vertical grab bar shall be provided on the control end wall or the end wall opposite the control end wall of the bathtub or bathtub-shower combination in accordance with 24.2.8.2.1, or shall be provided as a vertical pole in accordance with 24.2.8.2.3. For showers, either a vertical grab bar that is usable by a person stepping into and out of the shower enclosure in accordance with 24.2.8.2.2, or a vertical pole in accordance with 24.2.8.2.3, shall be provided.
End wall vertical grab bars for bathtubs shall comply with all of the following:
  1. Vertical grab bars shall have a length of not less than 36 in. (914 mm).
  2. Vertical grab bars shall be located between 24 in. (610 mm) and 27 in. (686 mm) above the finished floor, measured to the lower end.
  3. Vertical grab bars shall be installed at the end that is least obstructed for entry and egress.
  4. Vertical grab bars shall be located between 9 in. (228 mm) and 12 in. (305 mm) from the open entry and egress side of the bathtub or bathtub-shower combination, measured horizontally from the exterior plane of the bathtub or bathtub-shower combination.
Vertical grab bars for showers shall comply with all of the following:
  1. Vertical grab bars shall have a length of not less than 24 in. (610 mm).
  2. Vertical grab bars shall be located between 36 in. (914 mm) and 39 in. (991 mm) above the finished floor, measured to the lower end.
Vertical, pole-type grab bars shall be fixed to the floor or to the bathtub and either the room ceiling or an adjacent wall and shall comply with all of the following:
  1. Poles shall be located within 6 in. (150 mm), measured horizontally, of the outside or outer edge of the bathtub, bathtub-shower combination, or shower.
  2. Poles shall be located within 30 in. (760 mm), measured horizontally, of the vertical plane of the control end wall of a bathtub or bathtub-shower combination.
For bathtubs and bathtub-shower combinations bounded on two or three sides by walls, a diagonal grab bar in accordance with 24.2.8.3.1 or horizontal grab bar in accordance with 24.2.8.3.2 shall be provided on the back wall.
Diagonal grab bars shall comply with all of the following:
  1. Diagonal grab bars shall have a length of not less than 24 in. (600 mm).
  2. Diagonal grab bars shall be located so the higher end is closest to the control end wall.
  3. Higher ends of diagonal grab bars shall be located a maximum of 12 in. (305 mm) from the control end wall.
  4. Higher ends of diagonal grab bars shall be located 25 in. (635 mm) minimum and 27 in. (685 mm) maximum above the rim of the bathtub.
  5. Lower ends of diagonal grab bars shall be located 8 in. (203 mm) minimum and 10 in. (254 mm) maximum above the rim of the bathtub.
Horizontal grab bars shall comply with all of the following:
  1. Horizontal grab bars shall be located 8 in. (205 mm) minimum and 10 in. (255 mm) maximum above the bathtub rim.
  2. Horizontal grab bars shall be located so one end is 12 in. (305 mm) maximum from the control end wall and the other end is located 24 in. (610 mm) maximum from the opposite, or head, end of the bathtub.
Grab bars shall be circular in cross section with a minimum diameter of 11/4 in. (32 mm) and a maximum diameter of 2 in. (51 mm).
Where attached to a wall, grab bars shall provide a clearance for hand grasp of 11/2 in. (38 mm) minimum.
Grab bars shall be designed and constructed to the structural loading conditions in accordance with the building code.
Interior finish shall be in accordance with Section 10.2.
Interior wall and ceiling finish materials complying with Section 10.2 shall be Class A, Class B, or Class C.
Smoke alarms or a smoke detection system shall be provided in accordance with either 24.3.4.1.1 or 24.3.4.1.2, as modified by 24.3.4.1.3.
Smoke alarms shall be installed in accordance with 9.6.2.10 in all of the following locations:
  1. All sleeping rooms
  2. *Outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms
  3. On each level of the dwelling unit, including basements
Dwelling units shall be protected by an approved smoke detection system in accordance with Section 9.6 and equipped with an approved means of occupant notification.
In existing one- and two-family dwellings, approved smoke alarms powered by batteries shall be permitted.
Carbon monoxide alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in accordance with Section 9.12 and 24.3.4.2 shall be provided in new one- and two-family dwellings where either of the following conditions exists:
  1. Dwelling units with communicating attached garages, unless otherwise exempted by 24.3.4.2.3
  2. Dwelling units containing fuel-burning appliances or fuel-burning fireplaces
Where required by 24.3.4.2.1, carbon monoxide alarms or carbon monoxide detectors shall be installed in the following locations:
  1. Outside of each separate dwelling unit sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms
  2. On every occupiable level of a dwelling unit, including basements, and excluding attics and crawl spaces
Carbon monoxide alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as specified in 24.3.4.2.1(1) shall not be required in the following locations:
  1. In garages
  2. Within dwelling units with communicating attached garages that are open parking structures as defined by the building code
  3. Within dwelling units with communicating attached garages that are mechanically ventilated in accordance with the mechanical code
All new one- and two-family dwellings shall be protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with 24.3.5.2.
Where an automatic sprinkler system is installed, either for total or partial building coverage, the system shall be in accordance with Section 9.7.
Automatic sprinkler systems in accordance with NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, or NFPA 13D shall be permitted.
Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment shall comply with the provisions of Section 9.2.
Unvented fuel-fired heaters shall not be used unless they are listed and approved.

24.6.1 Compliance With State Building and Minimum Housing Codes

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24.6.1.1

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All one (1) and two (2) family dwellings shall remain subject to, and comply with, the State Building Code SBC-2, 510-RICR-00-00-2 adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-27.3 et seq.

24.6.1.2

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All one (1) and two (2) family dwellings shall further remain subject to, and comply with the Minimum Housing Standards outlined in R.I. Gen. Laws § 45- 24.2-1 et seq.

24.6.2 Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms-New and Converted Buildings

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24.6.2.1

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All buildings hereinafter constructed or converted for residential occupancy, including mobile and modular homes, shall be provided with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, installed in accordance with §§ 24.3.4.1.1 and 24.3.4.2 and NFPA 72, 2019 edition, at the direction and to the satisfaction of the AHJ.

24.6.2.1.1

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The above smoke and carbon monoxide alarms may be installed as either separate or combination units approved by the AHJ.

24.6.2.1.1.1

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In addition, an interconnected smoke alarm(s) shall be installed in all communicating attached garages for which a building permit was issued on or after January 1, 2019.
Exception: Rate-of-rise heat detectors, fixed-temperature heat detectors or other type detectors or alarms, listed for these applications, may be installed in situations where physical, environmental or other conditions would render smoke alarms impractical.

24.6.2.1.2

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The above smoke and carbon monoxide alarms may be either hardwired or wireless units approved by the AHJ.

24.6.2.1.3

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The local fire authorities certified by the State Fire Marshal as prescribed in R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-28.2-6, in cooperation with the local Building Code Officials, shall enforce the provisions of this Chapter.

24.6.2.1.4

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Compliance with the above provisions shall be considered a prerequisite to the approval, by the fire authority, of any certificate of occupancy issued by the building official pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-27.3-120.

24.6.2.1.5

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It shall be the responsibility of the owner to maintain in operable condition smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, installed as required pursuant to this Chapter, and the owner shall make operable, within seven (7) days after being notified by certified mail by the occupant and/or enforcement official, any inoperable alarms.

24.6.2.1.5.1

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If the owner fails to make the alarms operable within the required seven (7) days, the tenant may cause the alarms to be made operable if the reasonable total reasonable cost of making the repairs does not exceed the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00), and the tenant may deduct from his or her rent the actual reasonable cost of repairs not to exceed fifty ($50.00).

24.6.2.1.5.2

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The payment of the reasonable costs, outlined in § 24.6.2.1.5.1, shall not exempt the owner from the payment of fines for violation of this Code as outlined in R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-28.3-9.

24.6.3 Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms-Existing Buildings

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24.6.3.1

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All occupied residential properties, including mobile homes, shall, at the responsibility of the seller before title to the property is transferred, be provided with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, installed in accordance with NFPA 72, 2019 edition, , at the direction and to the satisfaction of the AHJ.

24.6.3.1.1

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The above smoke and carbon monoxide alarms may be installed as either separate or combination units approved by the AHJ. Carbon monoxide alarms required by § 24.6.3 shall be in accordance with § 24.3.4.2.

The requirements for the above smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms or detectors shall be as follows:

24.6.3.1.1.1

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Homes built in 1976 or prior:
  1. Smoke Alarms shall be installed outside sleeping areas and on each level of the dwelling unit(s) (including basements).
  2. Smoke Alarms shall be permitted to be battery operated.
  3. Smoke Alarms are not required to be interconnected.
  4. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be installed outside sleeping areas.
  5. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be permitted to be battery operated.
  6. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors are not required to be interconnected.

24.6.3.1.1.2

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Homes built on and after January 1, 1977 through December 31, 2001:
  1. Smoke Alarms shall be installed outside sleeping areas and on each level of the dwelling unit(s) (including basements).
  2. Smoke Alarms shall be hard-wired with battery backup.
  3. Smoke Alarms shall be required to be interconnected.
  4. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be installed outside sleeping areas.
  5. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be permitted to be battery operated.
  6. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors are not required to be interconnected.

24.6.3.1.1.3

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Homes built on and after January 1, 2002 through February 19, 2004:
  1. Smoke Alarms shall be installed outside sleeping areas and on each level of the dwelling unit(s) (including basements).
  2. Smoke Alarms shall be hard-wired with battery backup.
  3. Smoke Alarms shall be required to be interconnected.
  4. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be installed outside sleeping areas.
  5. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be hard-wired with battery backup.
  6. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be required to be interconnected.

24.6.3.1.1.4

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Homes built on and after February 20, 2004 through December 31, 2012:
  1. Smoke Alarms shall be installed inside each bedroom, outside sleeping areas and on each level of the dwelling unit(s) (including basements) (In accordance with NFPA 72 (2002 Edition).
  2. Smoke Alarms shall be hard-wired with battery backup.
  3. Smoke Alarms shall be required to be interconnected.
  4. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be installed outside each sleeping area.
  5. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be hard-wired with battery backup.
  6. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be required to be interconnected.

24.6.3.1.1.5

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Homes built on and after January 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016:
  1. Smoke Alarms shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 72 (2010 Edition).
  2. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 720 (2012 Edition).

24.6.3.1.1.6

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Homes built on and after October 1, 2016:
  1. Smoke Alarms shall be installed in accordance with § 24.3.4.1.1 and NFPA 72 (2013 Edition).
  2. Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors shall be installed in accordance with § 24.3.4.2 and NFPA 720 (2015 Edition).

24.6.3.1.1.7

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Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 24.6.3.1.1.1 through 24.6.3.1.1.6, newly constructed or converted bedrooms or sleeping areas shall comply with the requirements for new construction in place at the time of construction or conversion.

24.6.3.1.2

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The above smoke and carbon monoxide alarms may be installed as follows:
  1. Where the above provisions require both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms or detectors, combination devices shall be permitted and deemed acceptable.
  2. Where smoke alarms are required, household fire alarm systems, in accordance with NFPA 72 (2019 Edition), shall be permitted and deemed to be acceptable.

24.6.3.1.3

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The local fire authorities shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. The State Fire Marshal's Office may enforce the provisions of this chapter when so requested to by the local authority or when the local authority is either unwilling or unable to fulfill its obligations under this chapter.

24.6.3.1.3.1

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The local fire authority that performs smoke and carbon monoxide alarm inspections in all residential occupancies shall, at the time of the inspection, be allowed to charge a thirty dollar ($30.00) fee for the inspection of any residential occupancy. The responsibility of this charged fee will be borne by the seller on each occurrence before title to the property is transferred. A sixty dollar ($60.00) fee will be allowed for any subsequent re-inspection of the same residential occupancy due to improper installation, wrong location, improper wiring method, or the seller's failure to maintain a mutually agreed upon appointment with the local fire authority that performs the inspection function. The fees collected by the local fire authority shall be used for fire prevention purposes in that particular city, town, fire district, or other municipal subdivision.

24.6.3.1.4

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At the time of the transfer of title, the seller must provide the purchaser with a certificate from the fire department for the community in which the dwelling is located stating that the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been inspected within one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the date of sale and has been determined to be in good working order. The fire department for the community in which the dwelling is located must inspect the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms of the dwelling within ten days of a request from the owner. The inspection may be conducted by qualified personnel of the department or the State Fire Marshal's Office. Neither the fire department nor the State Fire Marshal shall be liable for any damage caused by the subsequent malfunction of a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm which it inspected.

24.6.3.1.4.1

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Transfers of real property are exempt from compliance with the provisions of 24.6.2 and 24.6.3 if:
  1. The property being transferred does not contain residential dwellings;
  2. Within the past six (6) months a certificate of use or occupancy has been issued for the property being transferred;
  3. The property being transferred currently maintains the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as certified by the local AHJ, in accordance § 24.6.3.1.3.1;
  4. The property being transferred is uninhabitable without the issuance of a certificate of use and occupancy;
  5. The property is being transferred pursuant to a foreclosure sale, a tax sale, as a redemption of a tax sale, or in lieu of foreclosure, and provided further that the requirements of this Chapter 24 shall be met prior to the re-occupancy of the property;
  6. The property is being transferred by operation of law, or pursuant to an order of any United States Court, or any Superior or Family Court of the State of Rhode Island, and provided further that such court order specifically directs non-compliance with this Chapter 24; or
  7. The property is being acquired by the State for demolition and will not be sold or used by the State for residential purposes.

24.6.3.1.5

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It shall be the responsibility of the owner to maintain in operable condition smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, installed as required pursuant to this Chapter, and the owner shall make operable, within seven (7) days after being notified by certified mail by the occupant and/or enforcement official, any inoperable system.

24.6.3.1.5.1

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If the owner fails to make the alarms operable within the required seven (7) days, the tenant may cause the alarms to be made operable if the reasonable total reasonable cost of making the repairs does not exceed the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00), and the tenant may deduct from his or her rent the actual reasonable cost of repairs not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00).

24.6.3.1.6

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Owners of existing residential properties, previously required to install smoke alarms, shall maintain those detectors in good operating condition.

24.6.3.1.7

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Owners of existing residential properties, previously required to install smoke alarms, shall not be required to immediately install the carbon monoxide alarms. However, full compliance with § 24.6 shall be required with the next transfer of title.
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