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Fire and Life Safety Inspections

The City of Danville Fire Department conducts fire and life safety inspections annually on businesses, retail spaces, multi-family residents with three units or more, and educational and religious institutions.  Here are some frequently asked questions regarding our inspection program:

Q: What authority does the City of Danville Fire Department have to conduct Fire Inspections? A: The City of Danville Fire Department conducts the Fire and Life Safety Inspections under the authority as granted by KRS 227.220, KRS 227.270, 815 KAR 10:060 and City of Danville Ordinances to  ensure the safety of the citizens, workers and visitors of the City of Danville.

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Q: Why does the City of Danville Fire Department conduct Fire Inspections? A: Fire inspections are conducted to identify and correct any potential fire and life safety violations.  In doing so, the Fire Department plays a vital role in educating businesses and residents in proper fire prevention practices. This only adds to an excellent quality of life for all that visit and lives in Danville.

Q: What is a Fire Code? A: The Fire Code is a model code adopted by the state or local jurisdiction and enforced by fire prevention officers within municipal fire departments. It is a set of rules prescribing minimum requirements to prevent fire and explosion hazards arising from storage, handling, or use of dangerous materials, or from other specific hazardous conditions. It complements the building code. The fire code is aimed primarily at preventing fires, ensuring that necessary training and equipment will be on hand, and that the original design basis of the building, including the basic plan set out by the architect, is not compromised. The fire code also addresses inspection and maintenance requirements of various fire protection equipment in order to maintain optimal active fire protection and passive fire protection measures.

Q: How often does the City of Danville Fire Department conduct a fire/safety inspection? A: All businesses (retail and office), multi-family residences, and other occupancies as determined by the Fire Code Official, shall be inspected at least once in a two year period, but not more than once a year for state and local fire, life, and safety requirements by the Fire Code Official.

Q: A Fire Inspector found a violation of the Fire Code in my building, what must I do? A: If a violation is found during an inspection an Inspection Notice will be issued to record the type and location of the violation—if there is not a responsible party on site to receive the notice, it will be mailed to the property contact.  Unless the violation poses an immediate fire, life, or safety violation, reasonable time will be granted to make the corrections—generally, Thirty (30) days.  If more time is needed, please contact the inspector.

Q: The Fire Inspector told me that a re-inspection is necessary, why? A: A re-inspection is necessary to confirm the correction or abatement of any previous fire, life, or safety violations.

Q: If I fail to make corrections to a Fire Code violation, what happens? A: If compliance has not been met after the period allotted in the Fire Department First Notice, a Second Notice will be issued. A subsequent recheck will be made, and if the conditions in violation are still found, the matter will be turned over the City Attorney for further action

Q: I believe I saw a Fire Code violation at a business I visited, what can I do about it? A: Please call the Fire Prevention Office at 859-238-1211 to register a complaint. Or go online and fill out a Fire Department request for Service /How can We Help Form.

Q: Do I need a fire extinguisher at my business or multi-family residence? A: Yes. All businesses are required to have fire extinguisher(s) (NFPA 1- 13.6)

Q: Can I place the fire extinguisher under a cash register, under a counter, or in a closet? A: No. Fire extinguishers shall be conspicuously located along normal paths of travel where they will be readily accessible and immediately available in the event of a fire (NFPA-1-13.6.3.10).

Q: How many fire extinguishers do I need for my business or multi-family residence? A: Contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 859-238-1211 and ask to speak with the Fire Marshal. This will depend on the type of hazard being protected, the maximum travel distance allowed to each extinguisher, and the square footage of the business

Q: Do I need a special fire extinguisher in my commercial kitchen? A: Yes. Fire extinguishers with a Class K rating shall be provided for hazards where there is a potential for fires involving combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal fats) ( NFPA 1-13.6.3)

Q: Do I need an annual service performed on my fire extinguishers? A: Yes. Servicing which includes maintenance, recharging and hydrostatic testing shall be performed by Individuals following the requirements of the NFPA 10.

Q: Does the Fire Department offer this service? A: No. You may search online for “fire extinguisher servicing”, or look in the yellow pages. We do not endorse or recommend fire extinguisher servicing companies. Please be aware of fraudulent fire extinguisher servicing companies saying they were “sent by the Fire Department” to service the extinguishers. We would never send a company to service your fire extinguishers. A fire extinguisher company or a fire service company of any kind does not have enforcement powers nor the authority to demand work to be performed. If at any time you feel uncomfortable or threatened, call the City of Danville Police Department or 911. If you have further questions regarding fraudulent fire extinguisher or fire service companies, you may call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 859-238-1211




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