Apartment Community Information
The Fire Codes in use in the City of Euless prohibit the use of barbecue equipment in an apartment, on apartment balconies or breezeways or within ten (10) feet of any building, measured from the outside wall or the edge of the eaves, balconies or other projection.
Use of barbecues or similar equipment is ILLEGAL if used within ten feet of your building or as otherwise outlined in the first paragraph. Violations may subject you to FINES OF UP TO $2,000 and make you personally liable for any damages or injuries that occur as a result of your violation of this law.
Tragic and costly fires occur each year as a result of barbecue fires that ignite nearby combustibles. Please help us protect you and your property by complying with these provisions.
As apartment residents, also be aware of these code provisions that affect you:
- Never place wood or charcoal ashes in a combustible container until they have had at least 72 hours to cool off adequately. Embers may retain heat for days.
- Motorcycles and other gas-powered equipment are prohibited inside your apartment or in breezeways and similar areas.
- Exit pathways must be kept clear and accessible at all times.
- Parking is prohibited in marked fire lanes.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Euless Fire Marshal's Office at 817-685-1600.
Apartments with Sprinkler Systems
- Ash Lane Apartments
601 E. Ash Lane
- Collins Park
2001 Hwy. 360
- Colonial Grand at Bear Creek
1200 Fuller Wiser
1600 Village Drive
2525 Hwy. 360
- Newport Villas
700 Jamboree Way - Townhouses
- Norstar at Bear Creek
700 E. Ash Lane
- G & I VI Oak Park, LP
1350-90 N. Main St. - 5 Buildings only
2121 Bear Creek Pkwy.
- Parkside at the Creek
700 Hill Trail
- Sandstone at Bear Creek
1500 Bear Creek Pkwy.
- San Marino Villas
Fuller-Wiser - Townhouses
- APWP Seramont Relt LLC
2500 Hwy. 121
- Stoneleigh at Bear Creek
1401 State Hwy 360
You Do Not Live Alone
Building and Fire Code Provisions that Impact Apartment Residents
Apartment residents make up approximately one half of the population in the City of Euless. This means that apartment residents play a major role in the overall events of the community, including the use of emergency services such as emergency medical services, fire and police. Unlike the single family resident, apartment residents live in a closer community environment. What happens in one building or one complex usually affects more than one family unit.
This is never truer than in incidents such as fire. In fire situations the phrase "you don't live alone" takes on a whole different meaning. What actions you take or don't take, what rules you follow or don't follow, may well mean the difference between life or death to you and your neighbors.
The following are summaries of information from the Fire and Building Code and State law that affects those persons who reside in apartment buildings.
Building Design Features that Aid in Reducing The Spread of Fire and Smoke
Apartment buildings are designed and built to reduce the spread of fire or smoke. This is accomplished by compartmentalizing the individual apartment units or groups of units. During construction, framing areas between floors and attics are blocked with fire rated materials to reduce the chances of rapid fire spread. Holes in construction materials between floors and individual units for wiring and plumbing are sealed to reduce the chances of fire traveling beyond the unit of origin. Fire retardant roofing materials are mandatory on multi-family structures and exterior wood construction is limited for fire safety and esthetic reasons.
Fire Lanes and Fire Hydrant Distribution
One of the design features in your complex is emergency access easements (aka- fire lanes) which must be kept clear for emergency equipment. The responsibility for maintaining clear access is shared by tenants and management. Buildings are generally placed along access roadways (fire lanes) so that fire equipment can be positioned within 150 feet of all portions of the building. When this requirement can not be accomplished, additional fire protection is required. Fire hydrants are placed throughout the complex and all water systems are designed for a two-way distribution of water. This helps to ensure a constant water flow when a demand is placed on the system. Fire lanes are required to be readily identifiable and the roadway surface to be maintained in good order. The use of speed bumps in a fire lane is allowed, but the height is regulated to prevent damage to the pumps and water tanks on the fire apparatus. Fire lanes may not be used for parking. Parking within or otherwise blocking a fire lane can result in fines of up to $2000, towing of vehicles or both! Please help us keep the fire lanes clear.
Smoke Detection Appliances
State Law enacted in 1981 and the Euless Building and Fire Codes require all rental units to be equipped with smoke detection devices. Apartment units in existence prior to that date may install the stand alone battery powered smoke detection devices to meet this requirement. Apartment units constructed after that date must have electrical wired devices. The landlord has a duty to verify that the detector is working when a tenant takes possession of the unit. This verification should be recorded by a separate document to the lease agreement. In most cases, the tenant is then responsible for the smoke detectors maintenance, such as replacing the battery in battery powered devices. Tampering with or disarming a smoke detection device is a violation of the fire code with a fine of up to $2,000 dollars.
Fire Alarm Systems
Apartment complexes built after 1983 which are three (3) or more stories in height or which contain fifteen (15) or more units under one roof are generally required to provide a monitored automatic fire alarm system. Various configurations may exist depending on the year the complex was built and if the complex is protected with a fire sprinkler system. The systems may have both smoke and heat detection devices and be capable to alert all tenants in the building to a hostile fire. Security systems are allowed to connect to the fire alarm systems for monitoring purposes. The fire alarm system is required to be inspected by a licensed fire alarm company at least once a year.
Fire Sprinkler Systems
Apartment complex's built after 1991 are required to have a fire sprinkler system in addition to smoke detection devices. The fire sprinkler system is required to be monitored by an outside agency and alert the tenants. The fire sprinkler system is required to be inspected by a licensed fire sprinkler company once a year.
Portable Extinguishing Appliances
Because of theft and vandalism the requirement for fire extinguishers has been relaxed to some degree in apartment complexes. Only certain areas such as clubrooms or game rooms, laundry rooms, maintenance workshops, storerooms, and leasing offices are required to install a portable fire-extinguishing appliance. These devices are required to be mounted in an area readily accessible. Depending on the location and the potential hazard they can range from a five (5) pound capacity extinguisher to a twenty (20) pound capacity. The appliance is usually an ABC type extinguisher, which means it can be used on all classes of fires, such as, wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical equipment. The fire extinguishers are required to be inspected once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company. It is recommended that each tenant have one ABC fire extinguisher for their own use.
Apartment style fireplaces present a special hazard. Most, if not all of the fireplace's installed in apartment units are the premanufactured zero clearance type. This type of fireplace is nothing more than an insulated metal box and flue. These types of units are designed more for looks and atmosphere than for cooking or room heat. Wood logs placed in the firebox should not exceed 2.5 cubic feet of volume. Two (2) six inch diameter logs twelve inches in length meets this recommendation. Chemical logs should be limited to one (1) and should not exceed a 20,000 BTU rating. Chimney flues should be inspected by a professional chimney sweep no less than every two (2) years. Fireplaces used frequently should be inspected and cleaned annually. The tenant abusing the fire load rating and/or the lack of proper maintenance usually causes fireplace fires.
Fireplace ashes should be discarded in a safe and proper manner. Ashes should be discarded into a metal bucket and allowed to sit for at least 24 hours prior to discarding into a dumpster.
Barbeque Fires and Open Flame Cooking Devices
"Cooking" with or operating any portable barbecuing equipment or smokers is prohibited inside any dwelling unit, on any patio, balcony or landing of an apartment building, hotel or motel, or within ten (10) feet of any structural overhang, opening or outside wall of an apartment building, hotel or motel.
The storage of portable barbecue grills and equipment is limited to exterior storage rooms, exterior closets, patios or other areas having a one hour wall rating separating it from other rooms or areas of the structure. LP Gas storage is not permitted in an enclosed space unless the space is designed for storage of gas. In general, storage of barbecue grills should be outside of the building.
Adult supervision is required at all times while a barbecue is generating flames or heat.
Discarding charcoal, wood, coals or ashes into a combustible container or trash receptacle is prohibited. It is also illegal to leave hot or smoldering charcoal, wood or ashes in an area where reignition could expose or endanger life or property. Remember that ashes may retain enough heat to reignite for up to 24 hours.
Apartment management must provide and maintain written documentation in the form of a signed document kept in the lease file that each tenant has been advised of the rules governing the use and storage of barbecue grills. Apartment management shall post signage in common areas to advise tenants of this prohibition. Tenants need to recognize that they are responsible for their actions.
The fire code does not restrict apartment management from establishing their own set of rules regarding the use of barbecue grills, provided those rules are more restrictive than those contained in the fire code.
Specific Types of Materials Storage
FLAMMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS: The fire code strictly prohibits the storage of flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline on, under or near any common egress or exit pathway or within a building used for habitation. This provision also includes motorized vehicles or any motorized equipment such as motorcycles, lawnmowers, etc. that uses or contains a flammable or combustible liquid to operate, or contains a flammable or combustible liquid tank.
HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS: The fire code also prohibits the storage of hazardous chemicals except those which are commonly sold as household cleaning agents or for specific purposes such as black powder used for reloading ammunition or operating sporting rifles. Storage of compressed gas cylinders is also prohibited except for medical purposes or operating a propane gas fueled barbecue grill. Propane is limited to a single 25 WGC (water gallon capacity) tank and must comply with the requirements mentioned in the bar be cue section of this document.
FIREWOOD STORAGE: Wood storage for fireplaces should be limited to a reasonable volume. Fireplace logs may not be stored in areas used as common egress or exit ways such as breezeways or common floor landings. The weight of the logs should also be considered when stored on balconies. It is the Fire Marshal's recommendation that no wood storage exceed 1/12 of a cord of wood or 10.6 cubic feet of area. That stack of wood would be 2 feet, by 2 feet, by 2 feet in length.
OUTDOOR BURNING: Open burning is not allowed.
Civil or Criminal Litigation
Apartment tenants need to be reminded that they are responsible for their actions or inactions should they intentionally, accidentally, recklessly, or negligently cause a fire or explosion or create a hazard as to endanger life or the property of others.
Property Loss and Liability Insurance
Most apartment tenants don't think about the need for insurance until after a fire occurs. Many believe they are covered under a blanket policy for the apartment complex. The fact remains that MOST TENANTS ARE UNINSURED UNLESS THEY HAVE PERSONALLY PURCHASED RENTERS INSURANCE! Tenants need to be forewarned that they are responsible for their own safety and for that of their neighbors.
Property Inspection and Fire Protection
Code enforcement activities in the City of Euless are handled jointly through the City Code Enforcement Office at 817-685-1509 and the Euless Fire Marshal's Office at 817-685-1600. Regular inspections are conducted by both entities at apartment complexes.
Fire and Emergency Medical Services in the City of Euless are provided from three neighborhood fire stations. Fire Station #1 is located on Ash Lane near Euless Main Street. Fire Station #2 is located on Westpark Way south of West Euless Boulevard. Fire Station #3 is located on West Euless Boulevard near Euless Main Street.
Security/ Privacy Gates
Some apartments have gates across fire lanes. These gates are either electric opening or manual opening. The electric gates have a Opticom like device that opens the gate from a strobe light on the emergency response vehicles. There is also a special key switch and special padlocks installed as a secondary means of opening the gates. When the electric gates Opticom like device is found not to be working the gates will be locked open by the Fire Department using the Knox key switch.