527 CMR 1.00 Fire Code

At the Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Board of Trustees’ Meeting, we will be listening to input from Unit Owners and Non-Owner Residents and may discuss decisions regarding all grills1 at Liberty Commons Condominium Trust and compliance with 527 CMR 1.00 – Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Code 10.11.6 Appliances – Cooking. and the National Fire Presentation Association – Loss Prevention Grilling Guidelines and the compliance thereof. Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees have a fiduciary obligation to ensure compliance with the law, regulations, ordinance, and other requirements as defined in the Rules and Regulations, and while we are not thrilled about the potential impact that any changes that need to be made may have on some Unit Owners and Non-Owner Residents (30% or less have grills), we must comply with the law and take the necessary steps to safeguard residents and mitigate our risks, including the potential loss of insurance and/or personal or property losses or damages.

When Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees learned of the requirements of 527 CMR 1.00 – Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Code 10.11.6 Appliances – Cooking, Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees did our due diligence and consulted with the Leominster Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal, our insurance agent/carrier, and our attorneys, and we are all in full agreement that no grill (of any type) can be within 10-feet of the buildings or any portion thereof (including decks, deck stairs or landings, and patios), otherwise we would be a violation of and, as well as other sections of 527 CMR 1.00, due to building and site constrains at Liberty Commons. No equipment of any cooking and heating appliances shall be permitted to be used or stored under any overhang; less than 10′ from a building; unless a sprinkler system is installed in accordance with the building code; or it is permitted by the manufacturer’s instructions and equipment listings. The storage of any cooking or heating appliances under the overhang or 10 ft (3m) from a building shall be permitted only when its fuel is not present within or near any cooking or heating appliance, unless such appliance is permanently installed.” Containers shall not be stored or obstruct ingress or egress of any building.

Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees understands that some residents have contacted the Leominster Fire Department with questions and concerns, which is everyone’s right to do their own due diligence. 527 CMR 1.00 – Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Code 10.11.6 Appliances – Cooking has been posted here and the full text of 527 CMR 1.00 – Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Code is available through Public Safety page (revised on November 4, 2016). It should be noted that 527 CMR 1.00 – Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Code is a minimum standard and Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees can set a higher standard, through the Rules and Regulations or other means, as deemed necessary.

1 Propane and electric grills2 are the only grills permitted at the time of this post, as charcoal and other types of grills are already prohibited, which is subject to change. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations, last updated on March 11, 2017, for the current Rules and Regulations.
2 Electric grills require prior authorization from Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees.

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