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Division of Child Day Care Licensing and Regulatory Services
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These regulations are provided by:
South Carolina State Fire Marshal
Budget and Control Board
Division of State Fire Marshal
1201 Main Street, Suite 810
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

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19-300.11 Special Code Provisions Which Prevail Over 19-300.9 and 19-301.3.
A. Alarm Systems.
B. Facilities with Infant Care.

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19-300.11 Special Code Provisions Which Prevail Over 19-300.9 and 19-301.3.

A. Alarm Systems

When a file alarm system is required by Regulations adopted in Paragraph 19-300.9 above, such alarm systems shall conform with the appropriate standards of the National Fire Protection Association, and where possible and reasonable, shall be connected to the public fire department or other outside assisatance as may be available in case of fire or other emergency.
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B. Facilities with Infant Care
(1) In existing day care centers, the State Fire Marshal has authority to grant alternate methods of compliance within the intent of the regulations. The intent means:
(a) Existing walls may be accepted as one hour separation if approved by State Fire Marshal.
(b) Direct exclusive exits less than thirty-six inches in width may be approved by the State Fire Marshal under extenuating circumstances.
(c) Other alternatives may be approved by the State Fire Marshal in cases where adequate fire safety is furnished by the owner.
(2) All facilities in South Carolina which provide care for four or more children too young to be termed ambulatory and who are unattended by a parent or guardian shall provide the following safeguards. Children under 24 months of age are defined as infants.
(a) Room for infants shall have one hour fire separation with a direct exit to the outside.
(b) Room for infants shall have wall covering with a flamespread protection no less than Class B.
(c) Room for infants shall not have any type of open flame appliances. Any forced air ducts entering room shall be protected by smoke dampers operated by a smoke sensor or automatic smoke actuated shut-down of air handling equipment and shall be per National Fire Protection Assocation 90A.
(d) Rooms for infants shall be limited to twelve infants per direct exit. On or before January 1, 1987, there shall be no more than twenty infants per room. Exit doors shall swing in the direction of egress and be a minumum of thirty-six inches wide.
(e) Rooms for infants shall have single station smoke alarms placed inside the room and in the adjacent area of the facility near the protected room's entrance.
(f) Doors in the required one hour separation partitions shall have door closures or be held open with a smoke actuated device.
(g) A fire plan describing what actions are to be taken by the staff in event of a fire must be developed, posted, and copies made available to all employees, and local fire authorities.
(h) A fire drill shall be conducted at least every three months. Records of drills shall be maintained to report the date, time, and a description and evaluation of each drill.
(i) All existing infant care facilitieis shall comply with this section on or before July 1, 1986.
(j) This section shall waive additional institutional requirements ruled for infants.

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