Duplex Safety

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If one owns a 4 unit two bed room duplex with a finish basement once green lighted to do so.  Should the whole building be hard wired for fire safety or would a better operated do?.

 I asked because I spoke to a investor way back when who owned many units, and one day there was a fire and a talents son amsted died due to their behavior. But since the owner had the fire department tour and recommend safety guide and etc. This investor saved him self from going to jail since he did he's job correctly.  Also with 4 units mistakes can happen,  so is hard wired and sprinkles necessary for a duplex of four unit?

contact your local fire department and they will be happy to inform you of your local fire system requirements. They will also be able to tell you what they recommend and why the at might be above and beyond the legal requirements.

@kyle thank you!. 

Hey buddy,

Real Estate Sales Agent in Philadelphia here.

@Kyle Hipp  Hit it right on the money, it really depends on what the county says.

So for example, out in Philadelphia, for a 3+ unit NOO I have to have a fire suppression system installed.

However if I owner occupy this same unit ... the I don't need the fire suppression system installed. The joke is that Philly doesn't mind if there is a fire, as long as the owner burns up with the building!

Originally posted by @Ugochukwu Opara :

Hey buddy,

Real Estate Sales Agent in Philadelphia here.

@Kyle Hipp  Hit it right on the money, it really depends on what the county says.

So for example, out in Philadelphia, for a 3+ unit NOO I have to have a fire suppression system installed.

"However if I owner occupy this same unit ... the I don't need the fire suppression system installed. The joke is that Philly doesn't mind if there is a fire, as long as the owner burns up with the building!"

That last part was funny, but yes I will check with the state and see. 

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