(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Sept. 16, 2016) – The Stillwater Fire Department is always looking for new and improved ways to keep Stillwater safe.
Recently the department began a review of the inspection process for Stillwater’s 1,600 business occupancies.
According to Stillwater Fire Marshal Neal Moore, the fire department averages about 500 inspections per year.
“This means that some business might not have been inspected on a year-to-year basis,” Moore said. “We knew we could come up with an efficient plan to ensure each business is checked routinely.”
Now, every business will receive an annual inspection.
“We are calling every business to schedule an inspection,” Moore said. “Every effort will be made to schedule an inspection that is convenient with the occupant.”
Moore explained that the Fire Department’s goal is to identify potential fire or life-safety issues and to work with the occupant to correct the deficiencies and ensure a safe environment for the business owners as well as the community of Stillwater.
The inspections also give the firefighters an opportunity to preplan the business buildings to identify potential hazards they might encounter during an emergency incident.
The preplan includes locating the following:
Fire hydrant locations
Fire alarm locations
Storage of hazardous materials
To help the businesses and property owners with the annual inspection, the Fire Marshal’s Office created a checklist to help them identify potential code prior to the inspection.
“This checklist identifies life-safety issues that are commonly found during the inspection by the fire department,” Moore said. “Although, other deficiencies may be found during the inspection.”
For more information, contact the Stillwater Fire Marshal’s Office at 405-742-8308.