The Park Ridge Fire Prevention Bureau works to prevent the loss of life and property from fire and explosion. The bureau conducts regular fire and life safety inspections of existing commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential buildings to check for fire and life safety hazards and to ensure compliance with the fire code and accepted safety standards. The bureau reviews plans for new buildings and conducts site inspections to assure new buildings are built in conformance with fire codes and standards. The Fire Prevention Bureau also oversees the fire department's public education programs.
The City of Park Ridge has adopted the 2012 version of the International Fire Code published by the International Code Council and the 2012 version of the Life Safety Code published by the National Fire Protection Association. During an inspection, the inspector, accompanied by the owner or his representative, will check for such things as electrical or heating system problems, improperly stored combustibles and flammable liquids, blocked exits, and other hazards. The inspector also checks to make sure that emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems and fire sprinkler systems have been properly tested and maintained.
The Fire Prevention Bureau will conduct inspections of private residences upon request. These inspections are voluntary and homeowners can accept or ignore the recommendations made by the inspector.
When plans for new buildings are submitted to the building department, drawings are forwarded to the Fire Prevention Bureau for review. The bureau is responsible for overseeing the proper installation of fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems, as well as special fire suppression systems such as restaurant hood and duct systems. Construction documents are reviewed to assure the proposed project meets current codes and standards; site visits are conducted to assure that systems are installed correctly and to answer any questions the building owner or contractors may have. A final inspection of the property is made upon completion of the project, and all fire safety systems are tested.
Since March of 2001, the City of Park Ridge has required all new construction, including single-family homes, to have fire sprinklers. Park Ridge was the seventh community in Illinois to require residential sprinklers. Residential fire sprinklers are a relatively new technology, and many new homebuyers, and homebuilders may not be familiar with these systems. Bureau personnel will conduct site visits, and answer contractor questions, and meet with new homeowners to explain the operation of the sprinklers.
The Fire Prevention Bureau coordinates the department's many public education programs, including a school fire education program, CPR and first aid classes, car seat checks, a fire explorer program, fire extinguisher training, and other community programs. For information on the various public education programs, call the information hotline at 847-318-5313.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is staffed with a fire lieutenant, and a part-time civilian fire inspector, and operates out of the south side fire station, located at 901 W Devon. To contact the bureau, please call 847-318-5286, or e-mail Lt. Kevin Plach.
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