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than 16 persons, then it must be classified as Group R-4. Group I-2 occupancy includes buildings and structures that are used for medical, psychiatric, nursing, or custodial care on a 24-hour basis for more than five persons. Care must be available on a 24-hour basis and the persons are not capable of self-preservation. This group can include hospitals, nursing homes (to include intermediate and skilled care), mental hospitals, and detoxification facilities. A facility such as these that has five or fewer persons must be classified as Group R-3. One thing that you must remember is this: All facilities that provide 24-hour care and are considered to be livein care, must comply with the International Residential Code. Please note that the above facilities do not include children under the age of 2 1/2. A child care facility that provides care to five or more children in this age bracket need to be classified as Group I-2. There is an exception to this classification: A child-care facility that provides care to more than five, but no more than 100 children, and when the rooms in which the children are cared for are located on the same level as an exit and each of those rooms has a door directly to the outside shall be classified as Group E.
I-3 facilities are occupied by persons who are generally incapable of selfpreservation due to security measures that the occupants have no control over. This group may include:
CODE UPDATECODE UPDATE
High-hazard Group H occupancy includes, among others, the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, that involves the manufacturing, processing, generation or storage of materials that constitute a physical or health hazard in quantities in excess of those allowed in control areas.