The purpose of the Westminster Fire Marshal is to provide services aimed at reducing the risk of fire and injuries to the public. These services are provided through the administration of inspections, programs and education to the community while maintaining a commitment to excellence in an atmosphere of courtesy and integrity.

The Fire Marshal is responsible for inspecting all commercial facilities and new construction in the City of Westminster and the unincorporated fire district protected by the Westminster Fire Department. Our Fire Marshal is certified through the South Carolina Fire Marshal's office as Resident State Fire Marshals. He performs routine inspections, re-inspections, and complaints.

The following list is the general requirements that most businesses must meet for Fire Inspections .  This list is not all inclusive and some items may not apply to all businesses.

  • A minimum of one 2A-10BC fire extinguisher for each 3,000 square feet of floor are not to exceed 75 feet of travel distance.
  • All extinguishers must be checked and tagged for proper maintenance.
  • Automatic sprinkler systems have been serviced within one year and valves are open and supervised. (Chained or electrically monitored)
  • Sprinkler/Standpipe Fire Department Connections (FDC) are provided with caps.
  • A minimum of 18 inches of clearance is provided and maintained between the top of any storage and sprinkler heads or any overhead obstructions.
  • Emergency lights are tested and working.
  • Fire alarm system is working properly.
  • Fire Pump/Emergency Generators are tested weekly and logged.
  • Exit lights illuminated.
  • Designated exits are unlocked and clear of any obstructions.
  • Stairwell doors equipped with self-closures and proper hardware.
  • Extension cords do not exceed 6 feet in length and all electrical wiring is install according to the National Electric Code. Panels clear and accessible.
  • Cooking equipment, vent hoods, filters, and ducts free of excess grease.
  • Automating smothering systems protecting cooking surfaces have been inspected within the last six months.
  • Minimum of a K-type fire extinguisher mounted in the kitchen area.
  • Compressed gas cylinders securely chained or strapped in the vertical position.
  • No Smoking signs are posted and maintained at all fuel pump islands with a minimum of one 2A-20 BC fire extinguisher within 75 feet of travel distance.
  • Combustible waste kept to a minimum.
  • Approved housekeeping
  • Address posted on the street side of the building with a 4-inch minimum height numbers.

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