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  • New Ohio Fire Codes

    All Ohio haunts need to pay close attention to the new codes and check with there local officials especially in regards to sprinklers:

    SECTION 411 SPECIAL AMUSEMENT BUILDINGS

    411.1 General. Special amusement buildings having an occupant load of
    50 or more shall comply with the requirements for the appropriate
    Group A occupancy and this section. Amusement buildings having an
    occupant load of less than 50 shall comply with the requirements for a
    Group B occupancy and this section.

    Exception: Amusement buildings or portions thereof that are without
    walls or a roof and constructed to prevent the accumulation of smoke.

    For flammable decorative materials, see the "International Fire Code".

    411.2 Special amusement building. A special amusement building is any
    temporary or permanent building or portion thereof that is occupied
    for amusement, entertainment or educational purposes and that contains
    a device or system that conveys passengers or provides a walkway
    along, around or over a course in any direction so arranged that the
    means of egress path is not readily apparent due to visual or audio
    distractions or is intentionally confounded or is not readily
    available because of the nature of the attraction or mode of
    conveyance through the building or structure.

    411.3 Automatic fire detection. Special amusement buildings shall be
    equipped with an automatic fire detection system in accordance with
    Section 907.

    411.4 Automatic sprinkler system. Special amusement buildings shall be
    equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance
    with Section 903.3.1.1. Where the special amusement building is
    temporary, movable, or portable, the sprinkler water supply shall be
    of an approved temporary means.

    Exceptions:

    1. Automatic sprinklers are not required where the total floor area of
    a temporary special amusement occupancy is less than 1,000 square feet
    (93 m2) and the travel distance from any point to an exit is less than
    50 feet (15 240 mm).

    2. Automatic fire sprinklers are not required where the total floor
    area of a temporary special amusement occupancy in an existing
    building is less than 5000 square feet (93 m2), the travel distance
    from any point to an exit is less than 50 feet (15 240 mm), and where,
    in the opinion of the building official, additional means have been
    provided to ensure an equivalent level of safety for all occupants
    during the hours that the special amusement building is operated and
    occupied. Such additional means may include, but not be limited to:
    fire watches; reduced occupant loads; additional means of egress;
    additional detection; and portable fire extinguishers.

    411.5 Alarm. Actuation of a single smoke detector, the automatic
    sprinkler system or other automatic fire detection device shall
    immediately sound an alarm at the building at a constantly attended
    location from which emergency action can be initiated including the
    capability of manual initiation of requirements in Section 907.2.11.2.

    411.6 Emergency voice/alarm communications system. An emergency
    voice/alarm communications system shall be provided in accordance with
    Sections 907.2.11 and 907.2.12.2, which is also permitted to serve as
    a public address system and shall be audible throughout the entire
    special amusement building.

    411.7 Exit marking. Exit signs shall be installed at the required exit
    or exit access doorways of amusement buildings. Approved directional
    exit markings shall also be provided. Where mirrors, mazes or other
    designs are utilized that disguise the path of egress travel such that
    they are not apparent, approved lowlevel exit signs and directional
    path markings shall be provided and located not more than 8 inches
    (203 mm) above the walking surface and on or near the path of egress
    travel. Such markings shall become visible in an emergency. The
    directional exit marking shall be activated by the automatic fire
    detection system and the automatic sprinkler system in accordance with
    Section 907.2.11.2.

    411.8 Interior finish. The interior finish shall be Class A in
    accordance with Section 803.1.

  • #2
    Barry,

    Are you at all surprised by this? This has been the exact code in Michigan for the last 6 or so years. This is something that everyone should already be doing. I thought that every state had already implicated these codes.

    Howie "Slobber Erlich
    Deadly Intentions Haunted House
    www.deadlyintentionshaunt.com
    1986-1997 (Mutilation Mansion,) 1998 (Screamers Haunted House,) 1999 (Evil Intention Haunted House,) 2000-2001 Concept Creator/Business Partner (Urban Legends Haunted House,) 2002 Floor Plan Designer and Consultant for a (Haunted Barn) Owners had city challenges & were never able to open, 2002 Floor Plan Designer/Construction (Fright Nights Haunted House) 2003-2012 Now retired Owner (Deadly Intentions Haunted Attraction)

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    • #3
      No, I don't think anyone saw this one coming without some notice. The state inspector had some "some changes" were going into effect in July but did not give any indication that it would be this.

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      • #4
        wow. thats a lot! I wonder if the Texas laws are the same. we are out away from town so we are covered by the county. I called the county office and they told me they did not have any code for me to comply with except a new building permit.
        www.kellymanor.com - - - - - - - - www.myspace.com/kellymanor

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        • #5
          Barry,

          What were your requirments before?

          Howie
          1986-1997 (Mutilation Mansion,) 1998 (Screamers Haunted House,) 1999 (Evil Intention Haunted House,) 2000-2001 Concept Creator/Business Partner (Urban Legends Haunted House,) 2002 Floor Plan Designer and Consultant for a (Haunted Barn) Owners had city challenges & were never able to open, 2002 Floor Plan Designer/Construction (Fright Nights Haunted House) 2003-2012 Now retired Owner (Deadly Intentions Haunted Attraction)

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          • #6
            I wish I could answer that specifically Howie but the state's website removes rescinded codes so I cannot compare. It may very well have been in the past code. I never checked the Ohio Administrative Code before and had only looked at the Fire Code which does not have these requirements.

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            • #7
              Update - Apparently you are correct Howie. I found a copy of the old code and this section remained unchanged. Now I am wondering about a few things: What has changed in it and why is it being selectively enforced in certain area?

              Barry

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              • #8
                It took a while here as well. Some cities and counties started to enforce it. Then the rest followed suit. There are still areas that the codes are not enforced. You might want to just talk to your local fire inspector or building inspector. He may be willing to let certain things slide. Also, some inspectors interpret the codes in different ways.

                Slobber
                1986-1997 (Mutilation Mansion,) 1998 (Screamers Haunted House,) 1999 (Evil Intention Haunted House,) 2000-2001 Concept Creator/Business Partner (Urban Legends Haunted House,) 2002 Floor Plan Designer and Consultant for a (Haunted Barn) Owners had city challenges & were never able to open, 2002 Floor Plan Designer/Construction (Fright Nights Haunted House) 2003-2012 Now retired Owner (Deadly Intentions Haunted Attraction)

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                • #9
                  I am not concerned about our haunt as we have already gotten the OK from the state. I am more concerned about other people in the state that might get an unwelcome surprise.

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                  • #10
                    Most states have this

                    This is pretty common but it sures makes life hell for those trying to start up. Any building that is affordable or willing to rent it out for a haunted house will not meet these style codes. Which forces a small time haunter into the gutter begging for money.

                    Life sucks in large cities sometimes.

                    Ryan
                    "....Any youth who makes security his main goal, shackles himself at the very start of life's race."
                    - Clarence Birdseye

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