Without building and fire codes, shopping for groceries, getting you haircut, or watching TV in your home could be a risky proposition. Building and fire codes are rules that help ensure buildings are designed to withstand the everyday uses for which they are built. More importantly, these codes help safeguard against injury to people in the buildings, should something potentially dangerous occur, like a power outage, fire, tornado, or earthquake.
Fire and building codes are intended to achieve specific safety outcomes. For example, codes may specify the material to be used to construct a floor so that it is engineered to withstand a fire for a certain length of time to give those in the building more time to exit. Codes also specify the number and placement of exits in a building, based on the maximum number of people that will occupy the room, the room’s location in the building, and its intended use. These are just two examples, but illustrate the level of detail to which building and fire codes make buildings safer for the people who use them.
Even before a building is built in Dublin, it must meet the City’s building and fire code specifications. This is, in part, because a lot of the code requirements would be too costly for the building owner to complete after the building is finished. So, the Washington Township Fire Department and the Dublin Building Department review all building plans for structural integrity, fire protection systems, electricity, mechanical and plumbing before, during and after construction.
The Fire Department’s code inspectors regularly inspect all commercial buildings to enforce the Ohio Fire Code. If issues are identified, inspectors discuss with the responsible party any required action and then follow up to ensure compliance. It’s safer in Dublin!
Guest Contributor & Article Credits: Fire Marshal Alan Perkins, CFPS (Live Safe Foundation, Liaison to the Fire Department Community) – Alan’s career in the fire service spans more than 30 years. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the National Fire Protection Association and a member of numerous similar safety organizations. Alan consults with numerous fire departments throughout Ohio and in 2005 was chosen by the Ohio Department of Health as the fire service member on the Ohio School Inspection Advisory Committee. He was also awarded Ohio Fire Official of the Year in 2009 by the Ohio Building Officials Association. Alan is the Fire Marshal for the Washington Township Fire Department in Dublin, Ohio. The Washington Township Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and education and safety programs for Washington Township, which encompasses parts of Franklin, Delaware and Union Counties.
Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.