Fire Inspections/Code Enforcement
Fire inspections play a critical role in saving lives and property. A certified fire inspector identifies potential fire hazards, educates the owners/occupants about the potential problems that the recognized hazard presents and provides an opportunity to correct them. Critical areas where the inspections are focused include:
Means of egress, which include the aisles, approach to the exit, the exit itself and the area outside of the exit that leads to a public way.
Electrical systems and other power sources since they represent a heat source that is almost always in close proximity to fuel sources.
Mechanical systems which move air and other fluids throughout the building and once a fire starts, can cause the movement of smoke, heat and other products of combustion throughout the building.
Fuel source hazards, in the form of the materials used, stored, transported through, sold or otherwise placed within the building. These may include common combustibles as well as hazardous materials.
Heat source hazards, such as open flames, cooking appliances, portable heaters and others which when used improperly or placed too close to combustibles will cause a fire.
The Fire Marshal has developed an inventory of buildings and occupancies which prioritizes the risk that each building/occupancy represents based upon several factors. These factors include but are not limited to, building construction, occupancy, the presence of suppression and alarm systems, the presence of hazardous materials, size of the structure and the number of people that might be in the building. The frequency of inspections is based upon this risk assessment and the available resources. Fire inspections are conducted by either the Fire Marshal or the part time Fire Inspector. Both will always be in uniform and operating a Township owned and marked vehicle. They have Township identification and are happy to produce it upon request.
Plymouth has adopted the International Fire Code, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code and several other ordinances passed by Township Council. If you have a question about a certain activity or a fire safety code requirement, please contact the Fire Marshal.
Open burning or the use of burn pits or Chimineas within Plymouth Township requires a written permit. This permit will be issued only to those property owners who have requested and received an inspection by the Fire Marshal. There is no cost and prior arrangements may be scheduled by contacting the Fire Marshal.
The use of fireworks in Plymouth Township is restricted to what is permitted by the Commonwealth laws. (http://www.psats.org/press_releases_090105_law.html) Firework displays other than consumer fireworks, sparklers and sparker showers, must have prior written approval by the Township Fire Marshal. Even consumer fireworks should be handled by adults only or in the case of sparklers with adult supervision. Serious burns and other injuries can occur with these devices.