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 property 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 department's jurisdiction.  Inspections serve 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 an inspection 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 the Business Fire Safety Checklist form above 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 the Home Safety Checklist form to determine the safety of their home.

Process of the Annual Fire Inspection

Initial and annual fire inspections are performed by looking at both the outside and inside of the building, making sure everything is up to the current fire code.  After an inspection is complete, the fire inspector will review with the owner/occupant the results of the inspection including any violations found.  The report is emailed to the owner/occupant when possible.  If violations are not corrected upon re-inspection, the report will be forwarded to the Fire Chief, who will contact the owner/occupant and another inspection will be performed.  Daily fines may be assessed to the owner/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