CHAPTER 184

(SB 40)

Specialty resorts, minimum fire safety standards set.


         ENTITLED, An Act to  establish minimum fire safety standards for specialty resorts.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

     Section  1.  That chapter 34-18 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:

     Any specialty resort establishment with less than ten occupants shall meet the following minimum fire safety standards:

             (1)    All primary exits that lead to the exterior of the structure shall be unlocked, free from obstruction, and clearly marked with illuminated exit signs. Sleeping rooms with direct exits to the exterior of the building are exempt from this requirement;

             (2)    There shall be a smoke detector in each sleeping room. The owner or manager shall test any battery operated smoke detector at least twice a year;

             (3)    Any sleeping room below grade or upper level shall be equipped with an operable egress window; and

             (4)    Portable fire extinguishers with a minimum 2-A rating shall be made available on each floor and shall be inspected and tagged annually.

     Section  2.  That chapter 34-18 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:

     Any specialty resort establishment with ten or more occupants shall meet the following minimum fire safety standards:

             (1)    Each floor where occupants are sleeping shall have access to at least two remote exits;

             (2)    All primary exits that lead to the exterior of the structure shall be unlocked, free from obstruction, and clearly marked with illuminated exit signs. Sleeping rooms with direct exits to the exterior of the building are exempt from this requirement;

             (3)    There shall be a smoke detector in each sleeping room. The owner or manager shall test any battery operated smoke detector at least twice a year;

             (4)    Any sleeping room below grade or upper level shall be equipped with an operable egress window; and

             (5)    Portable fire extinguishers with a minimum 2-A rating shall be made available on each floor and shall be inspected and tagged annually.

     Signed February 9, 2005
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