Vacant and Abandoned Buildings
Fires in vacant and abandoned structures can pose serious risks for our first responders and community. While nationally fires in vacant buildings represent 6% of structure fires, they account for 16% of Firefighter injuries and deaths (1). They also have a 33% greater chance of spreading to other structures in the neighborhood. It's estimated that in the United States 16% of urban structures sit vacant or abandoned. A few Phoenix Fire Code requirements have been provided below to assist property owners with implementing a process to prevent or reduce the effects of fires in their vacant properties.
- Secure all exterior openings to prevent unauthorized access to the building.
- Ensure all the fire protections systems (fire sprinkler system, fire alarm, standpipes and fire hydrants) are kept in operational service and inspected every year by a licensed contractor.
- Remove any unnecessary combustible material like office equipment and household goods. Never allow trash or combustible debris to be stored in vacant/abandoned buildings.
- Ensure exposed sprinkler pipe is protected from freezing conditions.
For all Fire Code requirements, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding a
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Swimming Pool Barriers
A proper swimming pool barrier is a key component in pool safety. In Arizona, drowning is the leading cause of death in and around the home for children under 5 years old. Many of these deaths result when young children gain unsupervised access to swimming pools due to inadequate pool fencing. The City of Phoenix requires pools to have an approved fence around them to prevent a child from drowning. Please click on the link below for more information on City of Phoenix Fire and Building Codes related to pool barriers:
Pool Barrier Requirement
Did you know that you can contact the Fire Department to report a pool that is accessible due to a fence being down or a gate not functioning properly? You can contact the Phoenix Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at 602-262-6771 to report an accessible pool during normal business hours or you can call 602-495-5555 to report an accessible pool outside normal business hours. A Fire Inspector will respond to secure the pool.
Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems
After a carbon dioxide incident almost turned tragic in Phoenix, and on a national level has taken lives, the Phoenix Fire Department has initiated a comprehensive program to ensure compressed and liquefied based Carbonated Beverage Systems are designed, installed, and operated in accordance with all applicable codes and safety standards. As the uses and systems of Carbon Dioxide change, so does the Phoenix Fire Code to ensure safety. Recently, a new Phoenix Fire Code Regulation went into effect regarding the venting of the beverage pumps. All beverage pumps need to terminate their vents outside in accordance with this regulation. Please click on the link below to read the new regulation as well as the link to our Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems Information and Resource page.
Regulation 5307.4.1 Compressed Gas Venting
Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems
Mobile Food Vehicles (Food Trucks)
If you operate a Mobile Food Vehicle in the City of Phoenix, are you aware that Fire Department will inspect your Mobile Food Vehicle at all permitted outdoor events? The Fire Department works in conjunction with Maricopa County Environmental Services to ensure these vehicles are safe. The Phoenix Fire Code has requirements regarding hood systems, fire extinguishers, and propane while Maricopa County Environmental Services issues a permit to each Mobile Food Vehicle operating within Maricopa County. Please click here for more information on the Fire Code requirements for Mobile Food Vehicles and please visit www.maricopa.gov/EnvSvc for details on their permitting process.
Medical Gas Systems
Medical Gas Systems are commonly installed in Doctor and Dentist offices but many installers don't realize these systems require permits from the Fire Department to install them. Plans to install Medical Gas Systems need to be submitted to Fire Prevention at 150 S 12th Street. Please call Fire Inspector Brian Scholl at 602-319-2297 with any questions regarding Medical Gas Systems. Here is the fire code summary for more information: Medical Gas Systems
Fire Prevention Public Information Officer Safety Tips
Home Escape Plans
Anytime is a great time to create and practice your home escape plan. This plan should include a map of your home showing all the doors and windows. You need to know at least two ways out of your house in case your normal escape route is blocked. You need to have an outside meeting place that's a safe distance from the house where everyone will meet so you can make sure everyone got out of the house safely. Finally...practice, practice, practice. You need to practice your evacuation at least twice a year. Please call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 for assistance in creating a Home Escape Plan. Here are some more tips on Home Escape Plans: Home Escape Plans
In the Sonoran Desert, winter temperatures can become extremely cold. Space heaters and other heating appliances are a leading cause of fires in the home. Be safe this winter and follow these safety tips from the NFPA: Winter Heating Safety
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and an odorless gas that can make a person feel sick and can be deadly. In the home, heating and cooking devices that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. The Phoenix Fire Code requires CO Detectors in homes with fuel-burning appliances or with attached garages. Click on the link below to learn about CO safety and feel free to call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 with any questions about CO Detectors. Carbon monoxide Safety Tips
Aerial Luminaries, also known as Sky Lanterns or Chinese Lanterns, are not only dangerous but are illegal to use in the City of Phoenix. Once these lanterns are airborne, there is no way to control their direction or where they land. They can easily ignite a fire if they land on buildings or brush. There have even been instances where these luminaries landed on children and caused severe burns. Please click on the link below to learn more about the dangers of these lanterns: Aerial Luminaries
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