A five-alarm fire on Mission Street near Bernal Heights on Saturday, June 18, 2016 (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

New year, new fire safety requirements for SF apartment buildings

Starting in the new year, owners of apartment buildings will have to take new steps to educate residents about fire safety, thanks to a piece of legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors in August.

The new San Francisco Fire Code requires that building owners post fire safety related information in buildings’ common areas, show proof of testing fire alarms annually, and include the building manager’s contact information near the main entry.

These latest updates to the Fire Code were drafted with the goal of reducing the risk of fires, promoting fire and life safety, and preventing property damage.

Deadlines for these new safety requirements vary based on the number of units in a building. For buildings with nine or more units, these new regulations must be adhered to by Jan. 31, 2017. Buildings with three to eight units must comply by Jan. 31, 2018.

A training session with live demonstrations will take place on Jan. 4 at 1456 Valencia St, at 11:00 a.m. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, San Francisco Fire Marshal Dan DeCossio and members of the San Francisco Fire Prevention and Education Team will be in attendance.

A full description of the new requirements can be found on  San Francisco Fire Department’s website.

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