Inspector Resources

Open Burning Precautions For 2015 From ODNR & OSFM

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal are urging Ohioans to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and to take necessary precautions to avoid unwanted fires this fall. Download the precautions bulletin here: 

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Information for Fire Departments

Here are some quick links to helpful tools on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website ~ To report an incident:     . To see if a consumer product is already recalled:   For free safety guides:   Through the information we receive from fire departments we are able to save lives.  By being able to quickly

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Special Amusement Buildings Inspection Checklist

Haunted houses and other similar special amusement type buildings and occupancies can be a challenge for inspectors. Because they are often temporary in nature, the approval and inspection process often needs to be fast-tracked. This inspection checklist should help guide you through the codes for these occupancies. Special Amusement Check List (A3) Download the OSFM

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NEOFPA Clarifies Our “Temporary Lockdown Procedure” White Paper

NEOFPA has updated our white paper on temporary lockdown procedures. We have made our position clearer that nonconventional lockdown processes can only be a temporary solution to locking doors if the financial means are not immediately available, and then only until funds are available to install locking devices that comply with fire and building codes. We recognize

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Commerce Dept. Issues Guidance on Barricade Devices

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ISSUES GUIDANCE ON BARRICADE DEVICES TO EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES THROUGHT STATE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Duchesne at (614) 644-9564 September 2, 2015                                                                                             michael.duchesne@com.state.oh.us The Ohio Department of Commerce today (9-2-15) issued a guidance document concerning the development of rules for the use of barricade devices in an active shooter situation

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Colored Powders Create Explosion Hazard

On June 27, 2015 there was a fire at a Taiwanese water park that resulted when  colored cornstarch was spayed over  a crowd of about 1000  young  people attending  a concert.  It accidentally ignited into a 10 second inferno which  burned 500.  Eleven have since died and 117 remain in intensive care units in dozens of hospitals

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New Fireworks Law Language Effective June 30, 2015

Language in the Ohio Budget Bill, HB 64, amends Chapter 3743 (Fireworks) of the Ohio Revised Code. This language was effective June 30, 2015. The new language eliminates the requirement that consumer purchasers of 1.4G consumer fireworks fill out the form agreeing to take the fireworks outside the state within 48 hours. It also eliminates the

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New School Fire/Tornado/Lockdown Drill Laws Enacted

The Ohio Revised Code section 3737.73 was recently revised regarding the number and type of school drills required yearly. These drills include fire drills, tornado drills and safety drills also known as lockdown drills. Overview of Changes Fire Drills: If a school has smoke detectors (as defined in ORC section 3781.104) or a sprinkler system

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Ohio Fire Marshal Issues Clarification on “Sky Lanterns”

  The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a clarification letter on the code requirements of “Sky Lanterns”, also commonly known as “Wish Lanterns”, “Chinese Lanterns”, “Kong Ming Lanterns”, or any other similar devise which is set on fire and released to the atmosphere, allowing the burning object to drift uncontrollably. Per the Ohio

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