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Old 08-07-2019, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default Chicago Hotel Room Fire alarm requirements

What types of devices are required to be installed in a multistory high rise hotel? My understanding is that in a non-ADA room, we are required a smoke detector and a voice communication device. Do we need a visual device? Also what are the requirements for ADA rooms? I have seen that in rooms designated as ADA compliant, there is a single station smoke detector with strobe installed and a separate visual and voice device in the room. The bathroom has line voltage visual device along with a separate visual device. Can you explain if this is code required?

Any input would be helpful.

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Old 08-07-2019, 12:15 PM   #2
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Nothing is more prone to local interpretation and amendment than fire/ life safety. It's just how the codes work.

Few places have more local amendments/ requirements than Chicago.

You'll need to contact the fire marshal's office or hire OJ's dream team to research that one.
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Chicago has one special amendment: you are not permitted to milk a cow while lit by a lantern.

It's in the Liquid Food and Domesticated Livestock section of their code.
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Smoke detectors in hotel rooms?

Can’t speak for Chicago but here we only use heat detectors in the actual rooms.
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Any job I can recall is heat and smokes with an audio visual device as well.

But as MikeFL posted you really need to ask the AHJ in the area as many jurisdictions have odd ball rules they follow.

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