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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 633
FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL
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Section 633.082, Florida Statutes 2009

633.082  Inspection of fire control systems, fire hydrants, and fire protection systems.--

(1)  The State Fire Marshal shall have the right to inspect any fire control system during and after construction to determine that such system meets the standards set forth in the laws and rules of the state.

(2)  Fire hydrants and fire protection systems installed in public and private properties, except one-family or two-family dwellings, in this state shall be inspected following procedures established in the nationally recognized inspection, testing, and maintenance standards NFPA-24 and NFPA-25 as set forth in the edition adopted by the State Fire Marshal. Quarterly, annual, 3-year, and 5-year inspections consistent with the contractual provisions with the owner shall be conducted by the certificateholder or permittees employed by the certificateholder pursuant to s. 633.521.

(3)  The inspecting contractor shall provide to the building owner or hydrant owner and the local authority having jurisdiction a copy of the applicable inspection report established under this chapter. The maintenance of fire hydrant and fire protection systems as well as corrective actions on deficient systems is the responsibility of the owner of the system or hydrant. This section does not prohibit governmental entities from inspecting and enforcing firesafety codes.

(4)  At least once each year, each fire hydrant shall be opened fully and the water allowed to flow until all foreign materials have cleared the hydrant. The flow shall be maintained for not less than 1 minute.

(5)  If a fire hydrant is made nonfunctional by the closing of a water supply valve, the valve must immediately be tagged with a red tag that is boldly marked "nonfunctional" and the local fire authority notified that the hydrant is nonfunctional.

History.--s. 7, ch. 78-141; s. 25, ch. 2005-147; s. 9, ch. 2006-65.


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