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The Fire Prevention Section will provide a high level of life safety and property protection for the community and first responders through inspection, education, engineering and enforcement.
Fire Prevention is the inspection, education, engineering and enforcement division of the fire department providing life safety services through code enforcement and inspections during the new business development process, general fire inspections, operating and special use permitting and complaint investigation.
Fire Prevention is the key to saving lives and property. Fire Prevention
education is the first step in the Fire Department's commitment to protecting the lives and property of our citizens, guests, and neighboring communities.
The Phoenix Fire Department's Fire Prevention Section is committed to providing you the most comprehensive information and assistance possible. This site will guide you to timely safety information, permit applications, inspections, forms, and publications.
If you have questions, please click here for our contact information.
Received a System Inspection letter from Fire Prevention?
In January 2020, the Phoenix Fire Department implemented The Compliance Engine (TCE) powered by BRYCER, which is a web-based technology service and analytic suite that assists Fire Prevention to proactively drive fire code compliance and ensure a safer community. Fire Prevention is utilizing TCE to efficiently manage and maximize the inspection, testing, and maintenance of the estimated 90,000 fire and life safety systems that require annual third-party inspections. Currently, there are 147 third party vendors that perform inspections and correct deficiencies in the City of Phoenix. If you are receiving a letter from Fire Prevention stating you are due for an inspection, the system is working. If you have questions or are concerned about the validity of the letter, please contact PFD.ITM@phoenix.gov or click HERE
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 property, please contact us by visiting
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
You can contact the Phoenix Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at 602-262-6771 to report an accessible pool, with water in it, Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM 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. Please call the Fire Prevention's Special Hazrds Unit at 602-262-6771 with any questions.
Carbon Dioxide Beverage 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
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:
Fire Prevention related news article:
What is a Fire Inspector?
What is a Fire Inspector and what does one do? Click below to find out that answer: