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37.106.2164    FIRE PROTECTION

(1) The facility must meet the applicable provisions of either the health care occupancies chapters or the residential board and care occupancies chapter of the Life Safety Code ( LSC ) , 2000 edition, of the National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA ) , 2000 edition, which is incorporated by reference. A copy of the LSC , 2000 edition, may be obtained from the National Fire Protection Association, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269.

(a) The department may apply a single chapter of the LSC to the entire facility or may apply different chapters to different buildings or parts of buildings as permitted by the LSC .

(b) A facility that meets the LSC definition of a residential board and care occupancy and that has 16 or fewer beds must have its evacuation capability evaluated in accordance with the Evacuation Difficulty Index of the LSC (Appendix F) .

(2) For facilities that meet the LSC definition of a health care occupancy:

(a) the department may waive, for a period it considers appropriate, specific provisions of the LSC if:

(i) the waiver would not adversely affect the health and safety of the clients; and

(ii) rigid application of specific provisions would result in an unreasonable hardship for the facility.

History: Sec. 50-5-103 and 50-5-238, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-5-103, 50-5-201 and 50-5-238, MCA; NEW, 2003 MAR p. 1322, Eff. 7/1/03.

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