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Policies

The following policies apply generally to any building or site (except single family or duplex dwellings). With the exception of the policies that are specific to certain occupancies or the use of hazardous materials, the policies relate to fundamental issues of access for emergency personnel and fire protection.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms - California's Carbon Monoxide Prevention Act requires California homes to have carbon monoxide devices.

Compressed Gas and Cryogenic Systems Permits (PDF) - When certain amounts of compressed gas and cryogenic systems are installed in the City of San Diego, installation permits are required. This policy spells out when a permit is required.

Corridors: Storage Restrictions (PDF) - Storage is normally not allowed in exit corridors. This policy explains circumstances where it might be allowed.

Disrupted Service - Fire Protection Systems (PDF) - When a fire protection system is out of service, a fire watch may be required. See the policy for details applicable to different occupancies and notification numbers for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Emergency Plan and Information (PDF) - An emergency plan is required for all office buildings of two or more stories; for hotels, motels, and lodging houses; and for Group I, Division 1 and 2 facilities.

Fire Access Roadways (PDF) - A fire lane is often required when buildings are located a distance from the public road. Usually this is designated when the building or complex is built. Fire lanes may also be found on streets when the road width limits access for emergency vehicles.

Fire Access on Public Roadways (PDF) - A fire lane is required on existing public roadways if it is determined a distinct hazard to life or property exists.

Fire/Harmful Gas Alarm System Permits (PDF) - The process for administering the Fire/Harmful Gas Alarm System permits, and how and when penalty mitigation would be appropriate.

Fire Extinguishers (PDF) - In buildings where fire extinguishers are required by the California Fire Code, the Code sets out specific regulations about the type, mounting and labeling of the extinguisher.

Flammable Liquid Cabinets (PDF) - The California Fire Code spells out specifications for cabinets containing flammable liquids. This policy establishes a time from for bringing cabinets into compliance with the state code.

Flammable Containers (PDF) - This policy is intended to clarify the types of containers allowed for the storage of Class I flammable liquids and the maximum allowable container size

Guaranteed Second Opinion (PDF) - When a customer needs clarification or interpretation from a source other than the assigned personnel a Guaranteed Second Opinion (GSO) can be requested. The request can be for any problem, conflict, confusion or code interpretation that is the responsibility of the fire prevention bureau. This policy outlines the procedure for making that request.

Hazardous Materials Identification Signs (PDF) - When hazardous materials are stored in a building, signs identifying the material are required. This policy explains the types of signs and when and where a sign is required.

Hazardous materials inventory reporting (PDF) - This policy establishes the requirements for hazardous materials reporting using the Fire-Rescue Department's Form FPB-500 - Hazardous Materials Information (PDF).

Illuminated Directory (PDF) - This policy applies to new multiple-unit complexes and, on a case-by-case basis, to existing complexes. In large complexes, a directory is provided at the entrance to clearly indicate where each building, by address, is located. In new complexes with more than one entrance, two directories are required.

Knox Box Requirements and Procedure for Ordering (PDF) - When access to a building is difficult, a KNOX Box is appropriate. It is a secured box, installed near the entrance to the building, that only the fire department has access to. The KNOX company also makes KNOX switches which allow emergency vehicle access through a gate.

Modified Roadway Surfaces (PDF) - This policy establishes procedures and standards for all-weather access roads for Fire-Rescue Department vehicles when modified access road materials are used.

Recreational Fires - Explanation of state fire codes regulating open, recreational fires.

Sky Lanterns (PDF) - This policy explains the prohibition on the use of "sky lanterns".

Sprinklers - Codes, policies and regulations relating to fire sprinklers.