Gas Shut-off Ordinance in Cleveland

Gas Shut-off Ordinance in Cleveland

The Cleveland, O., City Council has passed, by a unanimous vote, an ordinance requiring that every building containing more than 40,000 cubic feet of space be equipped with a gas shut-off in connection with each service pipe. The ordinance is as follows:

Section 1. Section 959 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Cleveland of 1907, repealed by Ordinance No. 32058, passed February 24, 1914, re-enacted as follows:

“Section 959. That every building or structure containing more than forty thousand (40,-000) cubic feet of space, except private residences and buildings and structures used exclusively for residence purposes occupied by not more than four families, to which gas is supplied by pipes of more than three-fourths of an inch diameter for lighting, heating or others purposes, shall be equipped with a gas shut-off in connection with each gas service pipe. Every such gas shut-off shall be so constructed as to operate manually, or manually and automatically, to shut off the flow of gas so that it shall not be necessary for firemen or other persons to enter the building or structure for such purpose, and every such gas shut-off shall be so constructed as to permit of manual control from the outside of the building or structure in which the same may be installed.

“Section 959. That all gas shut-offs required by this ordinance shall be approved by and installed under the supervision and control of the chief of the fire department, and shall at all times remain under his supervision and control.

“Section 959. Any owner, agent or person in possession, charge or control of any such building or structure which is not equipped wjth a gas shut-off as required by this ordinance on or before August 1st, 1914, shall be subject to a fine of not less than five ($5.00) dollars nor more than fifty ($50) dollars for each offense. Each and every day such failure to comply herewith shall continue shall constitute a separate offense. The chief of the fire department shall prosecute the violators 01 this ordinance if the same is not complied with within thirty (30) days after written notice or such non-compliance is given by him.

“Section 959. It shall be unlawful for any person not authorized so to do, to destroy, meddle or tamper with any gas shut-off, or any part thereof or attachment thereto, approved and installed in compliance with this ordinance. Upon conviction thereof, such person shall be fined not less than fifty ($50) dollars nor more than one hundred ($100) dollars for each offense.”

Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

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