Why Fire Inspections?

The purpose of fire inspections has multiple benefits, not just for the fire department, but for the public as well.  The fire department gains knowledge of the buildings in case of an emergency.  For the public, fire inspections help make the buildings safer, protecting businesses and the consumers through fire code enforcement. It is the goal of the St. Marys Fire Department to inform and assist propery owners with information and guidance in order to comply with the Ohio Fire Code and Life Safety Code.  Annual inspections are required and conducted on all commercial properties within the fire departments jurisdiction.  The inspection serves to enforce Fire Codes for properties and identify and remedy unsafe, hazardous and/or non-compliant conditions, and also serve to maintain our Emergency 9-1-1 database for fire and medical emergencies.

What do we look for during inspections?

During inspections, we look at many things depending on the type of occupancy.  Items include: size of building, electrical and gas shut-offs, hazardous materials, and life safety systems to name a few.

Important Links

Business Fire Safety Checklist

Businesses should use this form to familiarize themselves with what our inspectors are generally looking for when inspecting their occupancy. As issues are found they can be corrected prior to our inspectors finding them.

Home Safety Checklist

A residential fire occurs every half hour in Ohio. Homeowners and renters should use this form to determine the safety of their home.

Process of the Annual Fire Inspection

The initial and annual fire inspection will be performed by looking at both the outside and inside of the building, making sure everything is up to the current fire code.  After the inspection is complete, the fire inspector will go over what they found to the owner/occupant and the report will be emailed to the occupant if possible.  From there, the fire department will complete their inspection.  If the violations are not corrected, the report will be forwarded on to the Fire Chief, who will notify the occupant and perform another inspection.  If the violations are no corrected, there may be fines that are assessed to the occupant until all violations are corrected.

Examples of Violations

  • Exit/egress lights working properly
  • Accessible means of egress
  • Fire extinguisher placement and expiration date
  • Extension cords
  • Storage too close to the ceiling