APARTMENT BUILDING CERTIFICATION
The San Francisco Fire Department has mandated that by January 31, 2017, every building owners of apartment buildings with 9 or more units shall have their Fire Alarm company fill out the Fire Alarm Statement of Compliance form.
Owners of apartment buildings of 3 – 8 units shall submit a completed (by their fire alarm company) Fire Alarm Statement of Compliance form by January 31, 2018.
SLEEPING AREA REQUIREMENTS
Section 1188.8.131.52 For all buildings that are required to have a fire alarm system under this Code, the Building Code, the Housing Code or any other law, they building owner shall upgrade the fire alarm system, if necessary to comply with the sound level requirement for sleeping areas set forth in Section 184.108.40.206 of NFPA 72 (2013 Edition), upon either (a) completion of work under a building permit with a cost of construction of $50,000 or more or (b) July 1, 2021,whicherver occurs first.
2013 NFPA 72:
220.127.116.11 Where audible appliances are installed to provide signals for sleeping areas, they shall have a sound level of at least 15dB above the average ambient sound level or 5 dB above the maximum sound level having a duration of at least 60 seconds or a sound level of at least 75 dBA, whichever is greater, mesured at the pillow level in the area required to be served by the system using the A-weighted scale (dBA).
18.104.22.168 Effective January 1, 2014, audible appliances provided for the sleeping areas to awaken occupants shall produce a low frequency alarm signal that complies with the following:
The alarm signal shall be a square wave or provide equivalent awakening ability.
The wave shall have a fundamental frequency of 520 HZ +/- 10 percent.