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Prevention · Fire & Life Safety Inspections

Fire & Life Safety InspectionsThe Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) conducts fire inspections in childcare centers, boarding homes, group homes, nursing homes and hospitals.

Inspection schedules and codes and standards that apply vary based on the occupancy type.


Occupancy Types & Facilities:

Please click on the links below to find specific occupancy type requirements and processes.

  • Boarding Homes — The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is the state licensing authority for boarding homes and requires approval from the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) before licensing a facility.

  • Child Care Centers — The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is the state licensing authority for childcare centers and requires approval from the OSFM before licensing a facility.

  • Group Homes — The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is the state licensing authority for group homes and requires approval from the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) before licensing a facility.

  • Hospitals —The Department of Health is the state licensing authority for hospitals and requires approval from the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) before licensing a facility.

  • Nursing Homes —The Department of Social and Health Services is the state licensing authority for nursing homes and requires approval from the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) before licensing a facility.

  • Residential Treatment Facilities — The Department of Health (DOH) is the state licensing authority for Residential Treatment Facilities and requires approval from the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) before licensing a facility.

  • Fire Safety in Licensed Care Facilities —The Fire Safety for Licensed Care Facilities” class includes lessons on fire protection features of buildings, fire prevention and code deficiencies, emergency management, fire drills and evacuation.  The class is available at no charge to nursing homes and boarding homes.  A class can be sponsored at your facility or by the state office at an offsite location.


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