11.03.02.03

.03 Fire Hazards.

A. Cleaning of Equipment.

(1) The use of flammable or combustible liquids in the cleaning of aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers, or other appliances, equipment, or parts of aircraft is prohibited, unless those cleaning operations are conducted in facilities specifically approved by the Administration for that purpose and are performed in accordance with COMAR 29.06.01.

(2) A person may not use flammable or combustible liquids for cleaning purposes at the Airport, except as provided in §A of this regulation.

(3) A person may not store, transport, or use cleaning fluids of a vaporizing nature at the Airport except in containers with dispensing devices which comply with the applicable sections of COMAR 29.06.01.

B. Open Flame Operations. Open flame operations may be conducted on the Airport only after obtaining a Welding and Burning permit from the Airport Operations office.

C. Storage of Material.

(1) The storage of combustible materials in hangars at the Airport shall be conducted in accordance with NFPA 1 Uniform Fire Code, Chapter 10 and Chapter 34.

(2) The height of stored material may not exceed that of the lower or bottom side of roof trusses or of a point 18 inches below sprinkler lines or heads, whichever is lower. Storage areas shall have spaces between them as well as aisles throughout the areas of sufficient size to allow passage of fire department personnel and equipment. Sufficient spaces for aisles shall be determined through inspection by the fire marshal in compliance with COMAR 29.06.01.

D. Storage of Hazardous Material.

(1) Flammable and combustible liquids, gases, explosives, signal flares, or other hazardous materials shall be stored and kept in containers and receptacles and in structures and areas specifically approved by the fire marshal in accordance with COMAR 29.06.01.

(2) All tenants and concessionaires shall ensure that drums and containers are properly marked in accordance with 29 CFR §1910.1200.

(3) In addition to the labeling requirements of 29 CFR §1910.1200, each tenant and concessionaire shall mark its drums and containers with its company name and date of initial receipt of the item on the Airport premises.

(4) All tenants and concessionaires shall properly store drums and containers and ensure proper disposal of materials in accordance with COMAR 26.13.03.

(5) All tenants and concessionaires shall provide adequate documentation regarding the contents of drums and containers to inspectors of the Administration, the Maryland Department of the Environment, or other law enforcement agency.

(6) If, as a result of a routine inspection of the Airport premises, an improperly marked or stored drum or container is found, the tenant or concessionaire shall be cited. The tenant or concessionaire shall correct the deficiency within 1 working day. This inspection may be conducted by the Fire marshal or representatives of the Administration, the Maryland Department of the Environment, or the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry.

(7) If a tenant or concessionaire fails to correct the noted deficiency, the Administration may correct the deficiency or cause it to be corrected by a private contractor at the expense of the responsible party.

(8) All abandoned drums or containers shall be collected by the Administration and placed in storage at the expense of the owner.

E. Lubricating Oil.

(1) Lubricating oils shall be stored, kept, or transported in containers and receptacles, and in structures and areas, specifically approved by the fire marshal for these purposes in compliance with the applicable sections of COMAR 29.06.01.

(2) The storage of empty lubricating oil drums or cans on the Airport is prohibited, except in approved areas designated by the Administration in compliance with the applicable sections of COMAR 26.13.03.

(3) Petroleum products or objectionable industrial waste matter shall be discharged only into pans or containers provided for that purpose in compliance with the applicable sections of COMAR 29.06.01 and shall be disposed of in a manner approved by the Administration.

(4) A company transporting oil on the Airport shall possess a valid Oil Operations Permit issued by the Waste Management Administration in accordance with COMAR 26.10.01.16.

F. Waste. The storage of oily wastes, rags, and other rubbish and trash at the Airport is prohibited unless in suitable metal receptacles with operating self-closing covers as approved by COMAR 29.06.01. All waste within this general classification shall be removed from the Airport premises daily.

G. Smoking.

(1) Smoking shall be prohibited within the fuel farm or in any building owned or leased by the Administration.

(2) Smoking or carrying lighted cigars, cigarettes, pipes, matches, or any open flame within the air operations area is prohibited.

H. Floor Care. The accumulation of oil, grease, or other flammable material on the floors of hangars and other buildings is prohibited. The floors of hangars and other buildings shall be continuously kept free of rags, waste material, trash, rubbish, or other flammable materials.

I. Care of Aircraft Ramp, Apron, and Parking Areas. Any person, including the operators of aircraft, causing overflowing or spilling of oil, grease, fuel, or any similar material anywhere at the Airport, is responsible for immediately cleaning the spillage. Upon the default of the responsible person to clean this area, the Airport Director may provide the necessary cleaning and charge the responsible person for the expense of it at established rates.

J. Cleaning of Aircraft. The cleaning of aircraft shall be conducted in accordance with NFPA 410 Aircraft Maintenance, which is incorporated by reference at COMAR 11.03.01.01-1B(2)(e). This cleaning shall only be permitted in areas of the Airport approved by the Administration.

K. Doping, Spray Painting, and Paint Striping.

(1) Doping processes, spray painting, or paint stripping operations are permitted only in properly designed, ventilated buildings or areas that are approved by COMAR 29.06.01.

(2) Only persons who are properly clothed for safety and self-protection are permitted to enter or work in a doping or spray painting room while doping and spray painting operations are being conducted.

L. Fire Extinguishers. All fire extinguishing equipment shall be maintained according to the requirements of COMAR 29.06.01.

M. Eye Hazards. The use of a material, such as oil absorbents or similar material, that creates an eye hazard when picked up, swirled, or blown about by the blast from an aircraft engine is prohibited in any passenger loading area or other public area at the Airport.

N. Operating Motor Vehicles in Hangars. No tractor, tug, or other vehicle may be operated within any hangar or other building used for aircraft maintenance or storage when an aircraft is present, except in an emergency, unless the exhaust of the tractor, tug, or other motor vehicle is protected by screens or baffles to prevent the escape of sparks or the propagation of flame. The parking of motor vehicles in any hangar with an aircraft is prohibited. The parking of a motor vehicle in aircraft hangars where multiple aircraft are stored is prohibited.

O. Grounding or Bonding of Aircraft. Aircraft in hangars shall be grounded or bonded for removal and control of static electrical accumulations on aircraft while aircraft are undergoing service or repair in accordance with NFPA 409 Aircraft Hangars, which is incorporated by reference at COMAR 11.03.01.01-1B(2)(d). Aircraft being serviced on the Airport ramp or other designated area shall be grounded or bonded for removal and control of static electrical accumulations in accordance with NFPA 407 Aircraft Fuel Servicing, which is incorporated by reference at COMAR 11.03.01.01-1B(2)(c).

P. Motorized Ground Equipment Near Aircraft or Hangars.

(1) Motorized ground equipment may not be parked near any aircraft or hangar at the Airport in a manner that prevents this equipment from being readily driven or towed away in case of an emergency.

(2) The parking of motorized ground equipment near aircraft and hangars at the Airport shall be conducted in accordance with NFPA 407 Aircraft Fuel Servicing, 407-8, which is incorporated by reference at COMAR 11.03.01.01-1B(2)(c).

Q. Repairing of Aircraft. The repair of an aircraft or aircraft engine, propeller, or other aircraft apparatus is prohibited in an area of the Airport other than that specifically designated by the Administration for this purpose, except that minor adjustments or repairs may be made while the aircraft is at a tie-down position, on the terminal apron, or being prepared for departure.

R. Operating Aircraft Engines in Hangars. A person may not start or operate aircraft engines inside a hangar at the Airport, other than the air rotation of jet engines without ignition.

S. Heating Systems in Hangars. The installation and operation of any heating system or device is prohibited in any hangar at the Airport, other than systems or devices listed or labeled by an independent testing laboratory or facility as suitable for use in heating aircraft hangars. Those systems and devices shall be installed in the manner prescribed by and standards set forth in NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, which is incorporated by reference at COMAR 11.03.01.01-1B(2)(a), and NFPA 409 Aircraft Hangars, which is incorporated by reference at COMAR 11.03.01.01-1B(2)(d)). The use of portable aircraft engine heating equipment is prohibited inside any aircraft hangar. Only listed or labeled, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved, equipment shall be used.

T. Electrical Equipment and Lighting Systems.

(1) All electrical equipment shall be in accordance with NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, which is incorporated by reference at COMAR 11.03.01.01-1B(2)(a).

(2) The use of a portable lamp assembly in any maintenance shelter or hangar without a proper protective guard or shield over the lamp assembly to prevent breakage is prohibited.

(3) A person may not keep power-operated equipment or electrical devices running at the Airport while not properly supervised.

(4) Gasoline or diesel powered generators, compressors, or other similar equipment shall be properly grounded or bonded and may not be operated in any hangar.