Fire codes work­shop set Mon­day

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil will hold a work­shop at 6 p.m. Mon­day to dis­cuss how to im­ple­ment fire codes for the city’s older build­ings. The rea­son is sim­ple: Old build­ings might not be com­pat­i­ble with new fire codes.

Noth­ing will be “waived.” The city coun­cil will sim­ply dis­cuss which of a pair of state-ap­proved fire reg­u­la­tions should ap­ply in old-style struc­tures.

City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight said the city uses the state’s fire codes, which are adopted from in­ter­na­tional fire codes. But Ge­or­gia codes known as “Ti­tle Eight” are also avail­able, which of­fer the city “com­pli­ance al­ter­na­tives” to code en­force­ment in old build­ings.

For in­stance, Knight said, an old build­ing with just one exit might be able to re­main open with the in­stal­la­tion of an “au­di­ble sys­tem” – “a sys­tem that talks to you.”

The city coun­cil tabled the is­sue at its July 7 meet­ing, per Mayor Ron­nie John­ston’s sug­ges­tion.

“It’s pretty de­tailed stuff,” he said.

Mon­day’s meet­ing is set for City Hall.

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