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What is the International Fire Code 2012?
The Fire Code is a group of fire safety requirements that are developed to protect a specific type of operation, to protect the occupants of a building from fire, and to reduce the potential for a fire to start. These requirements are developed based on information gathered from around the country where fires have been in the past. A significant amount of investigation and research is conducted to determine the actual cause of fire before an item becomes a part of the Fire Code. Once the Fire Code has been adopted by a city, it becomes the City Ordinance that regulates fire safety. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in citations and fines.


The Fire Code used by the City of Deer Park is part of a series of Codes that are designed to do two specific things: (1) to protect the lives of the people who enter, work, visit, or otherwise occupy a building, and (2) to ensure that all aspects of the construction of a building, fire protection systems and the operations or functions performed within a building are done in a fire safe manner.

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1. What is a fire inspection?
2. How can I prepare for the inspection?
3. What is the International Fire Code 2012?
4. How often will my business or property be inspected?
5. What if I have a question about the inspection and fire code violations?
6. Why does the city conduct Fire Inspections?
7. A Fire Inspector found a violation of the Fire Code in my building, what must I do?
8. How long do I have to correct the fire code violations noted on an inspection?
9. If I fail to make corrections to a fire code violation, what happens?
10. The Fire Inspector told me that a re-inspection is necessary, why?
11. Can I schedule a Courtesy Inspection or Fire Code Consultation?
12. Why am I being told I have to install a Fire Alarm System?
13. Why am I being told I have to install a Fire Sprinkler System?
14. Is my building is "Grandfathered" from having to meet current codes?
15. How is the occupant load for my building calculated?
16. When do I need a permit?
17. How do I get a permit application?
18. The Fire Inspector told me that a re-inspection is necessary, why?
19. There is a leaking fire hydrant on my street. Who is responsible for repairing it?
20. Why does the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department make so much noise when they respond to a call?
21. SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES!!
22. Is one smoke detector enough?
23. Where should I install smoke detectors?
24. What type of smoke detectors are there?
25. How do I maintain my smoke detectors?
26. What should I do if I hear a smoke detector's alarm sound?
27. My smoke detector is "chirping". What should I do?
28. Who do I call to complain about tall weeds, fire hazards or abandoned autos?
29. Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
30. How come I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
31. Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?
32. Who do I call about a fire extinguisher that doesn't work?
33. How can I become a member of the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department?
34. How do I get a copy of a fire incident report from the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department?
35. Where is Deer Park Fire Marshal's Office located?