(a)  Fire extinguishers shall be provided which meet these minimum requirements in a family care home:

(1)           one five pound or larger (net charge) “A‑B‑C” type centrally located;

(2)           one five pound or larger “A‑B‑C” or CO/2 type located in the kitchen; and

(3)           any other location as determined by the code enforcement official.

(b)  The building shall be provided with smoke detectors as required by the North Carolina State Building Code and U.L. listed heat detectors connected to a dedicated sounding device located in the attic and basement. These detectors shall be interconnected and be provided with battery backup.

(c)  Any fire safety requirements required by city ordinances or county building inspectors shall be met.

(d)  A written fire evacuation plan (including a diagrammed drawing) which has the approval of the local code enforcement official shall be prepared in large print and posted in a central location on each floor. The plan shall be reviewed with each resident on admission and shall be a part of the orientation for all new staff.

(e)  There shall be at least four rehearsals of the fire evacuation plan each year. Records of rehearsals shall be maintained and copies furnished to the county department of social services annually. The records shall include the date and time of the rehearsals, staff members present, and a short description of what the rehearsal involved.

(f)  A written disaster plan which has the written approval of, or has been documented as submitted to, the local emergency management agency and the local agency designated to coordinate special needs sheltering during disasters, shall be prepared and updated at least annually and shall be maintained in the home. This written disaster plan requirement shall apply to new and existing homes.