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S.B. 234

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FIRE CODE AMENDMENTS

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

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House Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Public Safety Code by authorizing the state fire marshal to license
             10      firms and certify individuals who service portable fire extinguishers or fire suppression
             11      systems and to certify individuals who handle liquified petroleum gas.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    authorizes the state fire marshal to license firms that service portable fire
             15      extinguishers or fire suppression systems;
             16          .    authorizes the state fire marshal to certify individuals who service portable fire
             17      extinguishers or fire suppression systems;
             18          .    provides that the Fire Prevention Board shall make rules regarding the application
             19      process for licensure or certification of firms or individuals who service portable
             20      fire extinguishers or fire suppression systems; and
             21          .    authorizes the State Fire Marshal Division to provide forms and recommendations
             22      for certification regarding handling liquefied petroleum gas, in addition to licensure.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             28      AMENDS:
             29          53-7-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 13
             30          53-7-216, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             31          53-7-307, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 234
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 53-7-202 is amended to read:
             35           53-7-202. Definitions.
             36          As used in this part:
             37          (1) "Agricultural and wildlife fireworks" means a class C dangerous explosive that:
             38          (a) uses sound or light when deployed; and
             39          (b) is designated to prevent crop damage or unwanted animals from entering a
             40      specified area.
             41          (2) "Class A explosive" means a division 1.1 or 1.2 explosive as defined by the United
             42      States Department of Transportation in Part 173, Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
             43          (3) "Class B explosive" means a division 1.2 or 1.3G explosive as defined by the
             44      United States Department of Transportation in Part 173, Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
             45          (4) "Class C explosive" means a division 1.4G explosive as defined by the United
             46      States Department of Transportation in Part 173, Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
             47          (5) "Class C common state approved explosive" means a firework that:
             48          (a) is purchased at retail for use by a consumer; and
             49          (b) is not a Class C dangerous explosive.
             50          (6) (a) "Class C dangerous explosive" means a class C explosive that is:
             51          (i) a firecracker, cannon cracker, ground salute, M-80, cherry bomb, or other similar
             52      explosive;
             53          (ii) (A) a skyrocket;
             54          (B) a missile type rocket;
             55          (C) a single shot, or reloadable aerial shell; or
             56          (D) a rocket similar to one described in Subsections (6)(a)(ii)(A) through (C),
             57      including an aerial salute, a flash shell, a comet, a mine, or a cake containing more than 500
             58      grams of pyrotechnic composition; or


             59          (iii) (A) a bottle rocket;
             60          (B) a roman candle;
             61          (C) a rocket mounted on a wire or stick; or
             62          (D) a device containing a rocket described in this Subsection (6)(a)(iii).
             63          (b) A "class C dangerous explosive" does not mean exempt explosives.
             64          (7) "Commercial cooking appliance fire suppression system":
             65          (a) means an automatic or manual fire protection system designed for commercial
             66      cooking appliances, exhaust hoods, and ducts; and
             67          (b) includes a commercial kitchen exhaust system attached to a fire suppression system
             68      that is designed to remove smoke, soot, toxic gases, and grease-laden vapor resulting from
             69      cooking operations.
             70          [(7)] (8) (a) "Display fireworks" means large firework devices that consist of explosive
             71      materials that are intended for use in outdoor aerial fireworks displays to produce visible or
             72      audible effects by combustion, deflagration, or detonation.
             73          (b) "Display fireworks" includes aerial shells, salutes, roman candles, flash shells,
             74      comets, mines, and other similar explosives.
             75          [(8)] (9) (a) "Display operator" means a person licensed under Section 53-7-223 and
             76      who is responsible for site selection, setting up, permits, overseeing assistants and support
             77      personnel, and discharging display fireworks outdoors in situations where the audience
             78      maintains a specific distance separating it from the display fireworks being discharged.
             79          (b) "Display operator" does not mean a fire department.
             80          [(9)] (10) "Exempt explosive" means a model rocket, toy pistol cap, emergency signal
             81      flare, snake or glow worm, party popper, trick noisemaker, match, and wire sparkler under 12
             82      inches in length.
             83          (11) "Fire extinguisher" means a portable or stationary device that discharges water,
             84      foam, gas, or other material to extinguish a fire.
             85          (12) "Fire suppression system" means an automatic fire protection system that
             86      automatically detects fire and discharges a fire extinguishing agent onto or in the area of the
             87      fire.
             88          [(10)] (13) (a) "Fireworks" means:
             89          (i) class C explosives;


             90          (ii) class C dangerous explosives; and
             91          (iii) class C common state approved explosives.
             92          (b) "Fireworks" does not mean:
             93          (i) exempt explosives;
             94          (ii) class A explosives; or
             95          (iii) class B explosives.
             96          [(11)] (14) "Flame effects" means the combustion of flammable solids, liquids, or
             97      gases to produce thermal, physical, visual, or audible phenomena before an audience.
             98          [(12)] (15) (a) "Flame effects operator" means a person licensed under Section
             99      53-7-223 who, regarding flame effects, is responsible for:
             100          (i) storage, setup, operations, teardown, devices, equipment, overseeing assistants and
             101      support personnel, and preventing accidental discharge; and
             102          (ii) completion of the sequence of control system functions that release the fuel for
             103      ignition to cause combustion and create the flame effects.
             104          (b) (i) "Flame effects operator" does not include a person who participates in a
             105      meeting, as limited under Subsection [(12)] (15)(b)(ii), with other persons solely to receive
             106      training, to practice, or provide instruction regarding flame effects performance.
             107          (ii) A meeting under Subsection [(12)] (15)(b)(i) may include a nonpaying and
             108      unsolicited audience of not more than 25 persons.
             109          [(13)] (16) "Importer" means a person who brings class B or class C explosives into
             110      Utah for the general purpose of:
             111          (a) resale or use within the state; or
             112          (b) exportation to other states.
             113          [(14)] (17) (a) "Pyrotechnic" means any composition or device manufactured or used to
             114      produce a visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration, or detonation.
             115          (b) "Pyrotechnic" does not mean exempt explosives.
             116          [(15)] (18) "Retail seller" means a person who sells class C common state approved
             117      explosives to the public during the period authorized under Section 53-7-225 .
             118          (19) "Service" means the inspection, maintenance, repair, modification, testing, or
             119      cleaning of an automatic fire suppression system.
             120          [(16)] (20) "Special effects" means a visual or audible effect caused by chemical


             121      mixtures that produce a controlled, self-sustaining, and self-controlled exothermic chemical
             122      reaction that results in heat, gas, sound, or light and may also create an illusion.
             123          [(17)] (21) "Special effects operator" means a person licensed under Section 53-7-223
             124      who is responsible for setting up, permits, overseeing assistants and support personnel,
             125      analyzing potential hazards, setting clearances, and discharging pyrotechnic devices, either
             126      indoor or outdoor, where the audience is allowed to be in closer proximity to the pyrotechnic
             127      devices than the audience separation distance generally required for display fireworks.
             128          [(18)] (22) "Trick noisemaker" includes a:
             129          (a) tube or sphere containing pyrotechnic composition that produces a white or colored
             130      smoke as its primary effect when ignited; and
             131          (b) device that produces a small report intended to surprise the user, including a:
             132          (i) "booby trap," which is a small tube with a string protruding from both ends that
             133      ignites the friction sensitive composition in the tube when the string is pulled;
             134          (ii) "snapper," which is a small paper-wrapped device containing a minute quantity of
             135      explosive composition coated on bits of sand that explodes producing a small report;
             136          (iii) "trick match," which is a kitchen or book match coated with a small quantity of
             137      explosive or pyrotechnic composition that produces a small shower of sparks when ignited;
             138          (iv) "cigarette load," which is a small wooden peg coated with a small quantity of
             139      explosive composition that produces a small report when ignited; and
             140          (v) "auto burglar alarm," which is a tube that:
             141          (A) contains pyrotechnic composition that produces a loud whistle and smoke when
             142      ignited;
             143          (B) may contain a small quantity of explosive to produce a small explosive noise; and
             144          (C) is ignited by a squib.
             145          [(19)] (23) "Unclassified fireworks" means:
             146          (a) a pyrotechnic device that is used, given away, or offered for sale, that has not been
             147      tested, approved, and classified by the United States Department of Transportation;
             148          (b) an approved device that has been altered or redesigned since obtaining approval by
             149      the United States Department of Transportation; and
             150          (c) a pyrotechnic device that is being tested by a manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler
             151      before receiving approval by the United States Department of Transportation.


             152          [(20)] (24) "Wholesaler" means:
             153          (a) a person who sells class C common state approved explosives to a retailer; or
             154          (b) a person who sells class B explosives or class C dangerous explosives for display
             155      use.
             156          Section 2. Section 53-7-216 is amended to read:
             157           53-7-216. Portable fire extinguishers and fire suppression systems -- Certification
             158      and licensure required to service.
             159          (1) Each firm engaged in the business of servicing portable fire extinguishers or
             160      automatic fire suppression systems that automatically detect fire and discharge an approved fire
             161      extinguishing agent onto or in the area of the fire shall be [certified] licensed by the state fire
             162      marshal.
             163          [(2) An application for certification shall be in writing, on forms prescribed by the
             164      board, and require evidence of competency.]
             165          (2) Each person who services portable fire extinguishers or fire suppression systems
             166      that discharge an approved fire extinguishing agent onto or in the area of the fire shall be
             167      certified by the state fire marshal.
             168          (3) The board shall by rule prescribe an application form and standards for licensure or
             169      certification qualification and for renewal and revocation.
             170          (4) Applicants for licensure or certification shall:
             171          (a) submit a written application on the form prescribed by the board;
             172          (b) provide evidence of competency as required by the board; and
             173          (c) submit the fee established under Subsection (5).
             174          [(3)] (5) The board may establish a fee under Section 63J-1-504 to be paid upon
             175      application for licensure or certification.
             176          [(4)] (6) This section does not apply to standpipe systems, deluge systems, or automatic
             177      fire sprinkler systems.
             178          Section 3. Section 53-7-307 is amended to read:
             179           53-7-307. Duties of the division.
             180          The division shall:
             181          (1) prescribe the method and form to apply for, or renew, a LPG license or certificate,
             182      with the approval of the board;


             183          (2) investigate the experience, reputation, and background of applicants and persons
             184      who hold a license or certificate and who are applying for renewal;
             185          (3) recommend to the board issuing, renewing, suspending, revoking, and denying
             186      licenses or certificates;
             187          (4) assist the board in conducting hearings in connection with the applications for,
             188      renewal of, suspension of, or revocation of, licenses or certificates;
             189          (5) submit to the governor a biennial report before September 1 of each even-numbered
             190      year, covering the board's transactions during the biennium ending June 30 of that year,
             191      including a complete statement of the receipts and expenditures of the board during that period;
             192          (6) keep accurate records and minutes of all meetings, which shall be open to public
             193      inspection at all reasonable times, and keep a public record of all applications for licenses and
             194      licenses issued by the board;
             195          (7) conduct examinations of every license applicant to determine the responsibility,
             196      ability, knowledge, experience, or other qualifications of the applicant for a license;
             197          (8) require competency testing for all employees and subcontractors of licensees
             198      engaged in transporting or dispensing LPG or installing, servicing, or repairing an LPG fueling
             199      or carburetion system under this part;
             200          (9) prepare applications, collect fees, and issue licenses for any facility that handles
             201      LPG;
             202          (10) provide for or direct the inspection of the site of any facility that stores, dispenses,
             203      services, or handles LPG;
             204          (11) provide inspections to any facility where a qualified authority does not exist; and
             205          (12) prepare and administer examinations, collect fees, and issue LPG certificates to
             206      personnel who handle or work with LPG.




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