Commercial Fire Inspections
The Abington Township Fire Department’s Fire Safety Inspection Program is designed to promote a proactive approach to fire safety through prevention. Fire Department personnel will conduct the fire safety inspection of your property with the goal of identifying existing hazards to life and property and to provide explanations on how to correct the hazard(s) and maintain compliance with the Fire Codes.
In accordance with the Fire Prevention Code of Abington Township, the Fire Marshal and/or his designee shall inspect or cause to be inspected all premises on a periodic basis and shall make such orders as may be necessary for the enforcement of the laws and ordinances governing the same and for the safeguarding of life and property from fire.
The frequency of inspections is determined through the analysis of several factors including, but not limited to the use of the building or occupancy, the presence of fire protection systems and features, and special hazards or processes associated with the structure. Inspections may be conducted on an annual or bi-annual basis.
Routine fire inspections are typically conducted by certified fire inspectors Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM to allow for the observation of the occupancy under normal operating conditions. If fire inspectors are unable to make contact with an owner / tenant / manager, or if there are additional mitigating circumstances efforts will be made to schedule a mutually acceptable time to conduct the inspection.
The staff of the Fire Marshal’s Office are certified Fire Inspector Level II and Fire Plan Reviewers. Personnel also possess qualification through the PA Department of Labor and Industry as Fire Inspectors. Personnel maintain and recertify their certifications on a regular basis through continuing education and code updates. All personnel are well versed on local, state and federal regulations, codes and standards including the International Fire Code and NFPA.
Fire Inspection Frequently Asked Questions
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If a violation is found during an inspection, a Fire Inspection Notice will be issued to record the type and location of the violation—if there is not a responsible party on site to receive the notice, it will be mailed to the property contact. Unless the violation poses an immediate fire, life, or safety violation, reasonable time will be granted to make the corrections.
Yes. Servicing which includes maintenance, recharging and hydrostatic testing shall be performed by licensed businesses.
The Township does not provide this service. Fire extinguisher service shall only be performed by a licensed contractor. You may search online for “fire extinguisher servicing”, or look in the yellow pages. We do not endorse or recommend fire extinguisher servicing companies. Please be aware of fraudulent fire extinguisher servicing companies saying they were “sent by the Fire Department” to service the extinguishers. We would never send a company to service your fire extinguishers. A fire extinguisher company or a fire service company of any kind does not have enforcement powers nor the authority to demand work to be performed. If at any time you feel uncomfortable or threatened, call the Abington Township Police Department, or 911. If you have further questions regarding fraudulent fire extinguisher or fire protection service companies, please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 267-536-1056
Yes. All businesses and multi-family residences within the Township of Abington are required to provide fire extinguisher(s).The number of fire extinguishers required will depend on the type of hazard being protected, the maximum travel distance allowed to each extinguisher, and the square footage of the business or multi-family residence. Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 267-536-1089 and ask to speak with a Fire Inspector to determine how many your property requires.
All business occupancies, as determined by the Fire Code Official, shall be inspected at least once a year for fire and life safety requirements, based on federal, state, and locally adopted codes and regulations.
Please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 267-536-1057, or complete a Fire Code Complaint Form, to pass the information to us for investigation. This form can be submitted anonymously.
If compliance has not been met after the period allotted by the initial issue of the Fire Inspection Notice, a 2nd Fire Inspection Notice will be issued; concurrently a penalty fee may be assessed to you. A subsequent recheck will be made, and if the conditions in violation are still found, a final notice will be issued by way of a Compliance Order. A subsequent recheck will be made, and if unsafe conditions are still found, a penalty fee will assessed by way of a Administrative Citation. If conditions continue to exist, the matter will be forwarded to the District Justice office, and additional fees will be assessed. Each additional re-inspection for non-compliance will be charged as a penalty fee. If you have been assessed a penalty fee for noncompliance, you will not have your violation notice signed off as corrected until proof of payment is made.
The Abington Township Fire Marshal enforces the Fire Code. Chapter 85 of the Township Code has been adopted by the Board of Commissioners. The sections of this Chapter define the Fire Code Official’s inspection responsibilities.
The Fire Code is a model code adopted by the state or local jurisdiction and enforced by fire prevention officers within municipal fire departments. It is a set of rules prescribing minimum requirements to prevent fire and explosion hazards arising from storage, handling, or use of dangerous materials, or from other specific hazardous conditions. It complements the building code. The fire code is aimed primarily at preventing fires, ensuring that necessary training and equipment will be on hand, and that the original design basis of the building, including the basic plan set out by the architect, is not compromised. The fire code also addresses inspection and maintenance requirements of various fire protection equipment in order to maintain optimal active fire protection and passive fire protection measures.