NOTE: Liberty Township is in the research process of updating our Fire Code for adoption in 2012. We are looking at changes in the amendments sections, comparing Ohio Fire Code and 2009 International Fire Code with the existing IFC 2003.
Liberty Township Fire Department is presently reviewing the new Ohio Fire Code 2011 to replace the 2003 International for potential adoption.
This Code mirror’s the Ohio Fire Code and synchronizes with the Ohio Building Code. Both the International Fire Code 2003 and the Ohio Fire Code latest editions are enforced by Liberty Twp. Fire Prevention Bureau. Which ever code is more restrictive is cited in plan review and violation notices.
We also have an Amendment section that address’s specific code topics for the district.
These are available at the each fire station and the Delaware County Law Library.
CLICK HERE to see The Liberty Township Revisions of the 2003 IFC.
LTFD is presently reviewing the new IFC 2009 for potential adoption.
WHY? It is the law. State and local fire codes require that every business receive a fire inspection regularly. These inspections will greatly reduce the occurrence of injury and fire in your business.
What You Can DO? The best way for you to prepare for your upcoming inspection is to follow the preventive measures outlined in this brochure.
How We Can Help? Each Liberty Township Inspector is trained and skilled in the current fire code requirements and will be glad to answer any questions that you may have about your upcoming inspection.
Good House Keeping
- Remove any trash daily to a dumpster that is away from your building,
- Keep hallways, corridors and aisles clear of storage and clutter.
- Keep Exit doors clear and free of clutter.
- Ensure Exit signs are illuminated.
- Remember to turn off small appliances (i.e., coffee pots).
- Do not use electrical extension cords for permanent operations. For heavy duty equipment please consult an electrician. A store bought circuit breaker strip plug can be used for minor electrical equipment.
- Keep all storage down 24” from the ceilings (18” below a sprinkler equipped areas).
- Do not allow smoking in the building.
- Do not store combustibles within 36” of a heat producing appliance (i.e. water heater).
- Keep outside brush and weeds away from the building.
- Dispense flammable and combustible liquids in a properly ventilated area using safety cans or original containers.
- Keep fire sprinkler control valves, fire hydrants, and fire department connections accessible. Maintain 36” clearance to these connections.
- Assign someone to check these things each day and create a maintenance log.
Fire Alarms and Fire Protection Systems
The following items offer the best early warning and quickest response to a fire:
- A fully functional fire sprinkler system connected to a central station monitoring (tested annually by a licensed firm)
- A fire detection system connected to central station monitoring (tested annually by a licensed firm)
- Manual fire alarm pull stations located throughout the facility
- Portable fire extinguishers that are wall mounted near exits, highly visible, unobstructed and located every 75 feet
- A hood and duct fire system over commercial cooking equipment
ON THE OUTSIDE:
- Clear and visible fire lanes
- Knox box and Knox lock system
- Clearly labeled utility and fire riser rooms
- Fully functional exit & emergency lighting systems
- Clear and visible street numbers
What to Expect
A uniformed Liberty Township Fire Inspector will:
- Visit your facility during normal business hours.
- Always be courteous and considerate of your time.
- Comply with the best time to conduct the required inspection.
- Always clearly state inspection results in writing
- Cordinate a re-inspection date assigned if required.
- Information may be left to enable you to self-inspect your premise in order to be ready for the next official inspection.
- Providing a reasonable explanation, a time extension may be granted to make corrections by the Fire Inspector.
Understanding the Results
The Inspector is there to help you and will be glad to explain the results and answer any questions you may have. At any time you may contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 740-938-2027
- Post your building evacuation plan
- Know at least two ways out of your work area/building
- Conduct regular fire drills
- Know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to use them
- In case of fire, ALWAYS use the stairs to exit; DO NOT use elevators
- Avoid blocking exits
- Keep hallways, stairways, and exits clear of trash, cleaning supplies and other storage
- Report locked or blocked exit doors to building owner and the Fire Prevention Officer
- Liberty Township Fire Prevention Bureau offers many fire safety programs.
- To schedule, call the Prevention Bureau at 740-938-2027
The Fire Prevention Bureau duties are to prevent a fire by conducting annual fire safety inspection of each business in the Township and City of Powell. These inspections bring potential fire code violations and fire hazards to the attention of the owner/occupant for correction. Once again, education is the key for the owner/occupant to understand the importance of the need to maintain their business to meet the Township fire code.
The inspection bureau works closely with the City of Powell Building Official's in enforcement of both the building and fire codes.
To schedule a home inspections for adoption please contact:
Inspector Jack Allen