Fire Prevention Programs
- Inspections and Benefits
The Fire Prevention & Life Safety Division of the Fire Marshal’s Office strives to reduce the risk relating to the impacts of fire where people live, work, and assemble by performing inspections and code compliance reviews. We thoroughly inspect all commercial businesses within the City of Taylor to include schools, child care centers, foster care homes, medical facilities, and assisted living centers. The goal of any fire inspection is simple — Identify and prevent risks for a fire.
Commercial inspections are performed by certified inspectors with the City of Taylor Fire Department on an annual basis to assess and mitigate potential fire- and life-safety hazards in buildings.
The inspection performed is related to adopted codes, standards, and ordinances in the City of Taylor. Codes tell you what requirements need to be met, and what features of fire protection (e.g. fire-sprinkler system, fire-alarm system, etc.) need to be installed. Standards tell you how to properly install equipment or systems required in the code.
Building inspections benefit the building/business owners, as well as those who use the building, by offering:
- A safer working/living environment for employees/residents.
- A safer building for unfamiliar occupants (visitors, shoppers, clients, etc.).
- Business and job security. Small businesses that experience a large fire may never reopen; this not only affects the building/business owner, but also results in the loss of jobs. Of the businesses that do reopen, many may lose much of their customer base due to prolonged absence of production or service.
- A better-maintained building for improved resale value. It is commonplace for buyers to hire a company to inspect the building prior to purchase to identify potential hidden costs related to fire and life safety.
- A possible reduction in insurance premiums. Some items may be required by both the fire department and your insurance carrier, such as annual fire-sprinkler and fire-alarm inspections verifying proper system maintenance. Many insurance carriers give businesses premium reductions for properly installed and maintained fire-protection systems.