Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code Update

The Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code was recently updated. One of the many changes was the adoption of section 10.11.6 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), NFPA1 Fire Code™. This section states that “[f]or other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10ft (3m) of any structure.”   The Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code further states that in addition to one- and two-family dwellings, this regulation does not apply to “multiple single-family dwellings attached side-by-side (townhouse) not more than three stories in height with each dwelling having a separate means of egress.”

This change could potentially affect a large number of apartment complexes and condominiums associations throughout the state.

If you have further questions regarding how this change may effect you or your clients, please contact Attorney Allison Russo at arusso@oamlaw.com. Attorney Allison Russo is a member of the insurance law team. She focuses her practice on defense of property and bodily injury claims, coverage disputes and subrogation.