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Old 11-01-2011, 07:54 PM   #11
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my wife works for NFPA, and I had a similar situation 2 years ago when I rented a first floor apt in a building.

whoever wrote that on your door is correct about needing to be 10' from the occupancy. However, there is no "citation" for this. Your landlord is the only person who can have an issue with it, because her insurance will not cover damages caused if they found out she is not enforcing the 10' rule. Building fire codes are not enforced by authorities.

If it truly is your hell bent neighbor behind this, then his only avenue will be to complain to your lanlord that he feels his safety is compromised by your brewing. If he does this, then your lanlord will either ignore him or ask you to stop.

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If it truly is your hell bent neighbor behind this, then his only avenue will be to complain to your lanlord that he feels his safety is compromised by your brewing. If he does this, then your lanlord will either ignore him or ask you to stop.
And if he has a letter from the landlord it kind of shows him what side of the dispute she is on.
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Call the Fire Marshal, Redondo Beach belongs to a guy named Rappaport. (310) 318-0663, option 7. If he's anything like the Fire Marshals I deal with at work, he's got about a million other things to worry about and will probably tell you EXACTLY what you need to do to to avoid a hassle.

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Call the Fire Marshal, Redondo Beach belongs to a guy named Rappaport. (310) 318-0663, option 7. If he's anything like the Fire Marshals I deal with at work, he's got about a million other things to worry about and will probably tell you EXACTLY what you need to do to to avoid a hassle.
Jesus this forum can be amazing sometimes......
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Clarify, the fire code says you have to be 10' away from combustible construction, can't you just move 10' away? I would call the fire dept and find out the rules exactly and find a way to follow them. Then if they call the fire marshall...you're fine. What's the trouble in that?

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Aint that the truth? I work with fire alarm/sprinkler technicians across the country, so very rarely does what I do come in handy outside of work.

Every now and again though...

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That code may not even apply to your building. I'm waiting to hear back from a professional. Do you know the total occupancy of the building? (number of bedrooms)

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There's a huge difference between NFPA standards (if you're looking at NFPA 101, especially) and what he may be dealing with locally, as I'm sure you're aware. Unless you're waiting on a call back from someone who deals with the local fire code, you may be wasting your time.

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I'd move 10 feet away and start a tire on fire just to be a jerk - hey, that's just me.

Best bet is getting something in writing from the fire folks - like someone said - should be a list of exemptions and likely you qualify.

Course you can then ask the obvious question - "If anything larger than a 1lb propane container is illegal - I can obviously just build a wood fire instead. There's NOTHING mentioning that..." I'd guess someone would see the idiocy and just let you be.

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The only thing you can do in a situation like this is cover your own a** with paperwork and documentation and see how it plays out. If you're against code, you're against code. A lot of the time it'll depend on the actual fire marshal. Some will let things slide if you're not a complete jerk.. and some are by the book 100%. But if he wants to play that game, do whatever you can to make sure you ARE within code, and call HIM out on everything he does. If he's grilling on his deck, call the fire marshal. If his trash blocks a public egress in any way, call the fire marshal.

It sucks but if he wants to pick a fight with you, sometimes ignoring it won't make it go away.

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