(1) There shall be two unobstructed means of exit from all sleeping areas occupied by foster children. Foster parents must prepare a written plan to rescue children if the primary means of exit is blocked.

(2) Foster parents must devise a plan for everyone in the home to exit the home in emergencies and must teach the plan to children placed in the home. There must be regular fire drills at different times of the day and night.

(3) A working smoke detector which is properly maintained and regularly tested shall be located in each bedroom and in the hallway leading to the bedroom with at least one smoke detector on each level of the foster home.

(4) Each foster home in which fuel burning heat or appliances are used must have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed in the home.

(5) Each foster home must have a workable portable fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A10BC. Extinguishers shall be readily accessible and shall be mounted.

(6) No portable unvented fuel-fired heating devices such as portable kerosene or oil heaters are allowed.

(7) No extension cord shall be used as permanent wiring.

(8) All woodburning stoves, pellet stoves, and fireplace inserts must meet building codes for the installation and use of such stoves. If the department identifies a possible concern regarding safety of a wood stove or fireplace, the department may require the foster home to have an inspection conducted to certify that it meets applicable codes.

(9) Upon request of the department, the state fire marshal or his designee shall inspect any home for which a license is applied or issued and shall report its findings to the department.

History: 52-1-103, 52-2-111, 52-2-601, 52-2-621, 52-2-622, MCA; IMP, 52-1-103, 52-2-111, 52-2-601, 52-2-621, 52-2-622, MCA; NEW, 2006 MAR p. 1395, Eff. 6/2/06.