Los Angeles is a county of immense proportions. From the Hollywood lights to the relaxing beaches, the county is alive with opportunity. Although this county is full of hustle and bustle, there are definitive codes and regulations that help to keep the county organized. One of the primary regulations is the Los Angeles County Fire Code. Adopted from the California Fire Code, Los Angeles has adopted many of the California amendments to complement their regulations.
Housing Hazardous Materials and High Piled Combustibles
When housing potentially harmful chemicals, the Los Angeles County Fire Code requires that each business owner obtain an operating permit to have these items on site. Items that exceed 500 square feet must undergo a high piled storage permit and comply with the storage regulations at hand. Certain gases require an operational permit for chemicals such as propane (LP) gas.
When a building is undergoing construction, the design should implement specific provisions that outline where water supplies are. This includes identification, fire apparatus access, and water supplies. Sprinkler and hydrant devices should also be installed in and outside of the facility. In addition, routine maintenance should be carried out by the business owner to make sure that all units are working correctly.
Means of Protection
At least two fire extinguishers need to be installed in each building that is approved by the county of Los Angeles. Because California is a No Smoking state, business owners should prohibit smoking through posted signs.
In order to further protect the outbreak of a possible fire, open flames are not permitted. However, you may gain permission from the Fire Marshal or official public officer to host bonfires or other occasions for an open flame. When these occurrences have been approved, it’s imperative that all involved understand the methods of fighting fire and playing it safe.
Storage and Accessibility
When storing combustible or hazardous items, they cannot be stored within stairways, hall swells, or even underneath a stairway. In addition, a facility must avoid being placed beneath transmission lines with high voltage. Combustible items cannot be within 15 feet of restrooms or other rooms held within the facility. A sign that reads: CAUTION-HIGH VOLTAGE LINES OVERHEAD must be placed in clear sight to identify these hazardous areas.
Fire Protection Facilities Standards
Each fire protection facility must have access to water, hydrants, and other forms of water. They need to have sturdy firebreaks that prevent the spread of fire into other areas. They also have the responsibility of removing dry grass, weeds, and other possible flammable options from around buildings and roadways.
Finally, dedicated and approved officers are mandated to remain on duty to assist when needed. This aligns with their roadway clearance code that prevents natural structures from obstructing the pathways of roads, buildings, and highways. Difficult ground that may make it difficult for first responders to handle a potential conflict will be deemed unstable for construction. Combustible or potentially hazardous areas are off limits to dumping to releasing waste material for the fear of a possible explosion.
Fire Roads and Breaks
Fire breaks are clearly identified as lanes for fire personnel only. No cars or motorcycles may block these entrances in case of a fire. There should be no obstructions within 16 feet of a fire lane or break. Parking or posting in these areas may result in a fine and possible legal action.
The Los Angeles County Fire Code is full of laws and regulations that help to keep the city safe. There are a plethora of unmentioned codes that align with preventing the spread of deadly fires. If you would like to ensure that your facility is in compliance with these codes, consider hiring a professional consultant who can approve your facility needs.