A Macon City Council committee took less than 15 minutes Monday to endorse updated fire codes within city limits.
For years, the state has required cities and counties of a certain size to adopt codes in compliance with international, federal and state standards, said Macon-Bibb County Fire Prevention Chief Larry Smallwood.
What were doing is going to the 2012 Life Safety Code, which was adopted by the state of Georgia, he told committee members.
That actually means only minute changes in local fire-inspection codes, which in any case apply to rental and commercial properties but not owner-occupied single-family homes, Smallwood said.
Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said Smallwood and Assistant City Attorney Stuart Morelli looked over the code revision. In effect, it takes out language used in the 1991 version and replaces it with language consistent with the 2012 edition, Riggins said. That will make it consistent with codes in other Georgia cities, he said. A redlined version of the ordinance handed out to council members indicates no significant changes to standards or enforcement.
The Public Safety Committee voted 4-0 for the ordinance after brief discussion; Chairman Virgil Watkins was absent. The ordinance, sponsored by the mayors office, will likely be up for final approval at the full council meeting Oct. 15.