Cherokee Creek Fire Marshals Office:
Fire and Life Safety Inspections:
Cherokee Creek Fire Department is required to perform regular Fire and Life Safety Inspections on all non residential occupancies inside our fire district. Just as the title states, these inspections are meant to protect you the business owner as well as your customers and employees. These inspections are not meant to invade your privacy and are certainly not meant to cost you money or close your business. These inspections are performed in accordance with codes from the International Fire Code. We are mainly looking for fire and safety hazards such as excessive use of drop cords, exit lights & signs operating, blocked or locked exits, high piled combustible storage near an ignition source and so on. We also check to see that you have the required number of fire extinguishers, in the correct places and that they are serviced by a licensed person annually. A common misconception is that if you have a violation of any kind you will be fined, penalized or even shut down. In fact if a violation is found with the exception of a violation that is an immediate danger to life or health (which shall be corrected on the spot) you will be given 30 days to fix the violation.
Cherokee Creek Fire Department also performs a Pre Fire Plan on all non residential occupancies. The purpose of this is to simply retrieve information that may be of importance on an emergency incident after business hours or where a knowledgeable person of the business is not available, this also helps us to meet and become familiar with business owners in our area. Some information we ask for is key holder information, this is a person we can call after business hours to prevent forcible entry and damaging your property. We also obtain utilities information, any hazardous materials on site, as well as dimensions and a general lay out of your business. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to nicely voice them to the inspector and they will be happy to explain.
Fire Prevention Services:
Unfortunately for many years now, South Carolina has consistently ranked in some of the top states for fire fatalities. One of our main goals is to prevent these injuries and fatalities before they occur. It is our belief that this can be accomplished by educating the public on various types of fire related dangers. Below are some of the services that we offer FREE OF CHARGE, please contact us for more information.......
Fire Extinguisher Training for Businesses including Apartment Complexes
Fire Prevention Talks with Adults and Children (Schools, Churches, Civic Groups)
Residential Fire & Life Safety Inspections
Smoke Detector Installations - We provide smoke detector and/or replacement batteries for those that their income will not allow them to purchase them. If you have bought a smoke detector or batteries that you would like us to install we will do that also at no charge.
Smoke Detector Installations ( For the hearing impaired) - Working with state fire, we can also Free Of Charge, what is commonly known as a 'Bed Shaker" for the hearing impaired.
Lots of information on fire safety and prevention. Look for Risk Watch, lesson plans arranged by grade level; Learn Not to Burn; Fire Prevention Week Facts and History, and more.
USFA (United States Fire Administration)
Lots of information on fire safety including arson prevention. There is a lot of fire safety information that can be downloaded. Excellent site.
Chimney Safety Institute Of America
A non-profit educational foundation that has established the only nationally recognized certification and accreditation program for chimney sweeps in the United States. CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public, chimney service professionals and other fire prevention specialists, and the insurance industry about the prevention and correction of chimney venting system hazards.
Burn Prevention Foundation
Helping people stay safe, by teaching them to recognize and avoid fire hazards and other burn risks. The Burn Prevention Foundation offers numerous educational programs and seminars, each designed for a specific audience. Also, a wide variety of educational materials, audio-visual presentations and displays.
Condos and Apartment Fire Safety
A link suggested by a very observant member of our community. With the number of apartment buildings currently here and those coming to boiling springs, this site provides helpful information for fire safety.
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