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Understanding Fire Safety: RCW 19.27.710

Washington Administrative Code 19.27.710 mandates that owners of buildings equipped with fire dampers, smoke dampers, combination fire and smoke dampers, or smoke control systems must follow specific protocols for maintenance and testing.

Fire Safety Code

According to code 19.27.710, all buildings must:

(a) Have all newly installed fire dampers, smoke dampers, combination fire and smoke dampers, and smoke control systems tested and inspected within twelve months of installation.

(b) Every four years, reinspect and test previously installed fire dampers, smoke dampers, and combination fire and smoke dampers or for hospitals every six years.

(c)  Smoke control systems must be tested and inspected at least once every six to twelve months, as per The National Fire Protection Association standards.

Building Owner Responsibilities

Building owners must maintain comprehensive inspection and testing reports on the property, accessible for inspection upon request by local authorities. Finally, installations, inspections, testing, and maintenance of fire and smoke control systems must adhere to Chapter 88, Laws of 2020, manufacturers’ guidelines, and relevant industry standards.

Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the issuance of a civil infraction by the local authority in accordance with RCW 19.27.740.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

RCW 19.27.740 outlines the basics of building owners’ duties in relation to fire safety, however, accidents and negligence still occur. GLP Attorneys has extensive experience handling personal injury cases, including fire-related deaths and injuries. Our lawyers are here to support you through your case and ensure that you are able to adequately heal. 

If you have been involved in a fire-related accident, please contact our attorneys for a free consultation. 

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