November 25, 2020 at 3:56 pm #13172John WilsonParticipant
- Department Name: Perth Fire Services
I’ve had a question brought forward to me by one of my retirement home operators that I’m looking for additional input.
They have several suites that were classified as “Studio + Den” on the original building permit drawings (2018 construction). These suites are, for practical purposes, a 1 bedroom suite but the ‘bedroom’ does not have a window and therefore by the OBC, it’s not considered a bedroom and did not have smoke alarm installed within the ‘bedroom’ which is called a Den on the permit drawings. To me it’s a loophole in the OBC; the rooms are bedroom-sized, have closets and pretty much any reasonable person would set up the suite with them as bedrooms but without the window it’s not actually a bedroom and didn’t get alarm installed within the suite.
Nothing in Fire Code says a bedroom must have a window. There is the clause that says if a building met OBC at time of construction then all is good…but these suites aren’t being used as indicated on the permit drawings which call it a den, not a bedroom. I’m thinking of telling them they need to install the SAs within these dens/bedrooms and consider it good enough.
November 26, 2020 at 9:53 am #13173Joseph GardinerParticipant
- City: North Bay
- Department Name: North Bay Fire & Emergency Services
This is a minimum standards building code issue and not a fire code issue. I would take pictures and send the authority having jurisdiction (local building department) the information and they will follow up. I think it is that simple.
Hopefully this helps,
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