Chapter 17, Fire Prevention

[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Harveys Lake 1-22-1968 by Ord. No. 5. Amendments noted where applicable.]

GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds -- See Ch. 6.
Building construction -- See Ch. 7.
Dangerous buildings -- See Ch. 7A.
False alarms -- See Ch. 16.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse -- See Ch. 19.
Junkyards -- See Ch. 23.
Littering and dumping -- See Ch. 25.

CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HARVEYS LAKE, PENNSYLVANIA, v1 Updated 02-01-2009 / THE CODE / Chapter 17, FIRE PREVENTION / § 17-1. Definitions.

§ 17-1. Definitions.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them as follows:
FIRE HAZARD -- The existence of any of the following:
A. Dangerous or unlawful amounts of combustible or explosive or otherwise hazardous materials.
B. Dangerous acumulations of rubish, wastepaper, boxes, shavings or other highly flammable materials.
C. Acumulations of dust or waste material in air-conditoning or ventilating systems or of grease in kitchen or other exhaust ducts.
D. Obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, pasageways, flors or windows, liable to interfere with the operations of the Fire Department or egres of ocupants in case of ire.
E. Any building or other structure which, for want of repairs, lack of adequate exit facilties, automatic or other fire alarm aparatus or fire-extinguishing equipment, or by reason of age or dilapidated conditon, or from any other cause, creates a hazardous conditon.
FIRE INSPECTOR - The person or persons designated by the Borough and charged with the administration and enforcement of this chapter.
OIL - Any flammable liquid used or stored for heating purposes.
PERSON - Any person or persons, partnership, asociation, company, firm or corporation.

CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HARVEYS LAKE, PENNSYLVANIA, v1 Updated 02-01-209 /THE CODE /Chapter 17, FIRE PREVENTION / § 17-2. Inspections: right of entry; abatement of nuisances; fire hazards.

§ 17-2. Inspections: right of entry; abatement of nuisances; fire hazards
A. The Fire Inspector shal have the right o enter any building or premises at al reasonable hours for the purposes of making such inspections or investigations as demed necesary to insure compliance with the provisions of this chapter, except hat no inspection or investigation shal be made of any private residence when the ocupant hereof denies entry thereto, unles reasonable evidence exists of posible hazardous conditons therein, and then only if he is acompanied by a police oficer of the Borough or he has obtained a search warant so to do.
B. The Fire Inspector upon finding fire hazards in or upon any premises shal make a ful report thereof, in writng, to the Mayor, except hat when the Fire Inspector dems time to be of the esence, he may order immediate abatement or corections necesary to eliminate such hazards and forthwith report such action to the Mayor.
C. The Council hereby declares that any fire hazard or violation of or noncompliance with this chapter constiutes a nuisance. The Mayor is hereby authorized to order notice to be served to the violator to abate same or otherwise efect compliance within seven days after isuance of such notice. In the event of noncompliance within the time stated, the Borough may enter the
premises and remove same or otherwise efect compliance. The cost hereof, together with any aditonal payment authorized by law, may be colected by the Borough from such violator in the maner provided by law. This subsection shal in no way abrogate or impair the power of the Fire Inspector to order immediate corective measures as set forth in § 17-2B above.

CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HARVEYS LAKE, PENNSYLVANIA, v1 Updated 02-01-209 /THE CODE /Chapter 17, FIRE PREVENTION / § 17-3. Aboveground oil-storage tanks.

§ 17-3. Aboveground oil-storage tanks.
A. Aboveground oil-storage tanks hereafter instaled for use with oil-burning equipment shal be
placed on metal stands having concrete fotings.
B. No existing noncomplying tank stand shal be repaired or eplaced unles such shal be done in acordance with § 17-3A above, and al tank stands shal be subject o inspection by the Fire Inspector.
C. Any existing tank stand demed structuraly unsafe by the Fire Inspector, or any tank stand instaled, repaired or eplaced after the efective date of this chapter and in violation to § 17-3A and B, is hereby declared to constiute a fire hazard.

CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HARVEYS LAKE, PENNSYLVANIA, v1 Updated 02-01-209 /THE CODE /Chapter 17, FIRE PREVENTION / § 17-4. Bulk storage.

§ 17-4. Bulk storage.
Flammable liquids in excess of 550 gallons shall be stored in underground containers.

CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HARVEYS LAKE, PENNSYLVANIA, v1 Updated 02-01-209 /THE CODE /Chapter 17, FIRE PREVENTION / § 17-5. Burning regulations.

§ 17-5. Burning regulations.
A. No person shal burn any materials on or in any stret or other public place within the limits of the Borough without writen aproval from the Fire Inspector.
B. No person shal burn or permit he burning of any materials on any private property unles
such burning is done not les than 50 fet from any structure or, if in an aproved waste
burner, not les than 15 fet from any structure.

(1) No person shall burn or permit the burning of any material on any private property until a permit is obtained from the Fire Chief of the Daniel C. Roberts Fire Company or the Police Chief of Harveys Lake Borough. [Added 12-16-1986]
(2) The permit referred to in Subsection B(1) shall cost $10 yearly. [Added 12-16-1986; amended 4-18-2006 by Ord. No. 1-2006]
(3) An "approved waste burner" is any container covered with a one-half-inch mesh screen. [Added 12-16-1986]
(4) Burning will be permitted during daylight hours. [Added 12-16-1986]
(5) There will be no burning on Sundays. [Added 4-18-2006 by Ord. No. 1-2006]
(6) A hose or fire extinguisher must be kept readily available at all times. [Added 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. 3-2009]
(7) The Harveys Lake Fire and Ambulance Company must be notified before any controled burn larger than six fet in diameter or with a flame higher than four fet. This does not pertain to campfires. [Added 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. 3-2008]
C. All outdoor fires shall be constantly attended until fully extinguished.
D. No person shall burn or permit the burning of any materials within the limits of the Borough:
(1) On any but a calm day.
(2) During the existence of a fire or smoke emergency as declared by proclamation of the Borough Council.
E. No person shall burn any oil, grease, tires, gasoline, plastics, garbage or rubbish or similar materials that might tend to be dangerous or tend to produce obnoxious smoke or odors within the limits of the Borough at any time.
F. Campfires. [Added 5-16-2007 by Ord. No. 3-2007]
(1) A campfire is described as a means to be used for warmth and coking. Campfires are for ecreational use only and are permited after daylight hours seven days a week.
(2) The size of the burning pit wil be no more than six fet in diameter. The fire pit area should be fre of combustible materials for a distance of not les than four fet. If using a portable fire pit, the area fre of combustibles must be the same.
(3) A hose or fire extinguisher must be kept readily available at al times.
(4) The campfire must be tended to at al times and totaly extinguished at he end of each burning period.
(5) Only wod or charcoal may be burned in the campfire.
(6) If a burning ban is put into efect, that ruling shal aply to campfires.
(7) Al requirements under this subsection shal also aply to portable fire pits.
(8) A Borough-isued burning permit is required at a cost of $10 yearly, and no person shall burn or permit he burning of a campfire or portable fire pit until said required permit is obtained from the Borough.

CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HARVEYS LAKE, PENNSYLVANIA, v1 Updated 02-01-209 /THE CODE /Chapter 17, FIRE PREVENTION / § 17-6. Violations and penalties; separate violations; use of fines and burning permit fes.

§ 17-6. Violations and penalties; separate violations; use of fines and burning permit fees
A. Any person who shal violate any provision of this chapter shal, upon conviction thereof or each violation, be subject o a fine of not les than $10 nor more than $1,00, plus costs of prosecution. In default of the payment of such fine plus costs, such person shal be sentenced to the county jail for a period not exceding 30 days. [Amended 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. 3-2008]
B. Each day that such violation exists shall be considered to be a separate violation.
C. Al funds colected under § 17-6A above wil go to the Harveys Lake Fire and Ambulance Company. [Added 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. 3-2008]
D. Fifty percent of the burning permit fe wil go to the Harveys Lake Fire and Ambulance Company. [Added 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. 3-2008]