Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cedar Falls Government to Demand Keys to Commercial Buildings & Apartment Complexes Per International Fire Code

Pursuant to the 2009 International Fire Code and Ordinance 2740, the Cedar Falls, Iowa government will require lock boxes to be installed on commercial buildings and apartments with three (3) or more units. Obviously, people around the Internet sphere have been upset with this news today, because this ordinance essentially gives the government potential access to the private residences of individuals without a whole lot of due process or probable cause.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the third and final reading of an ordinance adopting the 2009 International Fire Code. Part of that code specifies the fire chief can require lock boxes for emergency access to keys to buildings.

If you want to contact any members of the Cedar Falls government, the contact information is here.

The applicable provision at issue in the 2009 International Fire Code is Section 506 relating to key boxes.


506.1 Where required. Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is DISGUSTING! What part of "unconstitutional" and "rights" do people in authority not understand today? Or does the Constitution even MATTER anymore? I do NOT like where my America is heading!! I will move the H#LL OUT of this nation in search of a more 'freer' place before I "obey" and become property of the Government! Time for states to have that 'Seceding' talk if the Constitution sadly no longer applies!