S-3, r. 2 - Regulation respecting safety in public buildings

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29. Automatic fire extinguishers: An automatic fire extinguishing system shall be:
(a)  designed, built, installed and tested in accordance with the following appropriate standards:
i.  Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems NFPA No. 13-1974;
ii.  Standard for Foam Extinguishing Systems NFPA No. 11-1974;
iii.  Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems NFPA No. 12-1973;
iv.  Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection NFPA No. 15-1973; or
v.  Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems NFPA No. 17-1973;
(b)  installed throughout a combustible construction whose planned occupancy is:
i.  of high occupancy, when the number of persons exceeds 300;
ii.  a hospital or special care institution;
iii.  accommodation, except for buildings 2 stories or less in building height having direct access to the outside from each floor by ground level doors or doors giving direct access to the ground from a balcony; however, in accommodation buildings, there should be direct access to the outside from each dwelling unit or bedroom occupied individually.
However, a building that is not a fire-proof construction, but satisfies the fire safety regulations of the Building Code (R.R.Q., 1981, c. S-3, r. 2) or of Schedule F is considered as conforming to this section;
(c)  be installed in the following portions of a building even if such building is made of non-combustible materials:
i.  stages, as provided for in section 39, except those in buildings built before 6 March 1971;
ii.  rooms where hazardous or flammable substances are stored, handled or used, in conformity with standards provided for in the last issue of booklet No. 30 of the NFPA or with any other equivalent standard recognized by the inspector;
iii.  space under tiers of seats in a building where the space is not separated from the seats by a fire separation with a fire-resistance rating of at least 3/4 of an hour;
iv.  underground garages, except for buildings built before 6 March 1971;
(d)  in the case of underground garages of more than 2 storeys, the plan for a sprinkler system must be submitted to the approval of the inspector;
(e)  is considered as underground, the garage whose lowest floor is located more than 2 m below ground level.
R.R.Q., 1981, c. S-3, r. 4, s. 29; O.C. 88-91, s. 25.