FIRE PREVENTION / COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION

CONTACT FIRE MARSHAL
ROBERT MORRIS
RMORRIS@ROSELLE.IL.US

The intent of the ROSELLE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU is to save lives and prevent destruction to property by preventing fires and/or accidents from happening.  Through education, engineering, and code enforcement, the Bureau’s focus includes conducting plan reviews prior to a building being constructed, conducting various types of fire inspections, and addressing complaints of unsafe conditions in public buildings.


REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICANTS

Prior to occupancy being granted for a new business, the following is partial/common list of requirements that need to be met. This is also required annually for all businesses:

  • A 5lb ABC Type fire extinguisher must be provided, or accessible within a 75' travel distance. For larger spaces, the said extinguisher will be necessary every 75'.  
  • Emergency Lights and Exit Lights must be fully functional and working.  
  • Ground Fault Interrupter Circuits must be installed within 5' of all wet locations, i.e. kitchen sink, restroom sink, utility tub, etc.
  • No Circuit Breaker Openings in the electrical panel. Blanks shall be installed in all unused openings.  
  • Push Paddle or Thumb Turn Locks are acceptable on inside door locks. Inside key locks are not allowed.  
  • Extension Cords are for temporary use and cannot be used in place of not having an outlet. Outlet “cubes” cannot be used. When additional receptacles are needed, a multiple outlet strip with overload protection can be used.  


FIRE PREVENTION TIPS

Fire can happen to anyone, and at any time. Should a fire occur in your home, knowing the following items can save a life:

  • Have working smoke detectors on each level of your home, and change the batteries every 6 months. 
  • When you change your clock, change your battery. 
  • Have a home escape plan and practice it with your family.  Plan 2 ways out of each room in the house or apartment, and plan to meet at a pre-determined location. 
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed. A closed door can suppress fire for 10-15 minutes.  A solid core door, such as between the garage and the house, can hold fire back for about one hour. 
  • Have a multi-purpose (ABC Type) fire extinguisher, and learn how to use it. 
  • When using any heat-producing device such as a stove, grill, or fireplace, never leave it unattended. Something unexpected can always happen. Never discard of hot ashes, and hose down ashes before throwing them out. 
  • If you allow smoking in your house, use deep ashtrays and run water over ashes before throwing them out. 
  • Never leave a candle unattended, and check the stability of the candle often.
  • Consider a video surveillance system. 
  • Keep exterior lights in working order and lit during the evening hours. Lights with motion sensors are a great way to keep the perimeter of your home well lit. 
  • Make sure your yard is tended to and kept neat, even when out of town. Don't leave yard refuse or yard waste bags on the outside of the home; keep them in the garage or in a locked shed. Do not store firewood along the structure of the home. Keep it inside a locked shed or inside the garage. 
  • Be a good neighbor. Get to know your neighbors on either side and across the street from your home. Good neighbors will watch out for your home and can report suspicious activity to the police. 
  • If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, you can call 911 and alert police. 
  • If completing any home renovation projects and a commercial dumpster will be necessary, make sure the dumpster is not placed too close to the home, and try to have the debris placed so as not to be easily visible over the top of the dumpster, if at all possible. 
  • Park your vehicles in the garage if at all possible.

Accidents do happen. Have an inventory of all of your possessions, room by room, (including photographs) listing the date purchased and cost. This will be vital for any insurance settlement. If you are a renter, consider getting renter's insurance. It is a small investment for the many possessions that you have acquired.

If you would like the Roselle Fire Department to do a free home safety survey to locate potential problems, assist you in developing an escape plan, or in locating correct smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector locations, call us at (630) 671-2842. 


PLAN REVIEWS

For buildings within the Village of Roselle, all plans should be sent to the:
 
Village of Roselle
31 S. Prospect St.
Roselle, IL 60172

For buildings in the unincorporated areas serviced by the Roselle Fire Department, the plans should be sent to the:

Roselle Fire Department
100 E. Maple Ave.
Roselle, IL 60172


FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU SCHEDULE OF FEES

(details to follow)


FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Plans for any proposed fire protection system (sprinkler, fire alarm, hood and duct extinguishing system, etc.) must be submitted for review.  No work can begin until the plans have been approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau.  Any existing system must be inspected on an annual basis, and the inspection report must be submitted to the Fire Prevention Bureau.


FIRE SUPPRESSION SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS

The Village of Roselle has a zero square foot requirement for fire sprinkler systems. This means that any building, including single family homes, must have a fire sprinkler system. There is no requirement that existing homes must be sprinklered, UNLESS the home is doubled in size.  

Because of an intergovernmental agreement, this requirement is also in effect for the unincorporated areas within the jurisdiction of the Roselle Fire Protection District, serviced by the Roselle Fire Department  

For single family homes, each one is unique, therefore it is very difficult to offer a “cost per square foot” for a sprinkler system. However, it has been found that most systems can be installed for under 2 percent of the total cost of a home. 

With life safety as a primary goal, the Village recently adopted an ordinance requiring fire suppression sprinklers to be installed in newly constructed one- and two-family homes and to homes with additions adding 50 percent or more area to the home. The requirements also apply to all new commercial construction. 

Smoke alarms are standard safety tools and are essential in every home. But they can only detect a fire. Fire sprinklers detect the fire and automatically control it, saving lives and property. The typical cost for a residential fire sprinkler system is approximately $2.50 per square foot. In a typical modern 3,000 square foot home, that would be roughly $7,500.

Protect What You Value the Most


FUEL TANKS

All below and above ground fuel tanks are regulated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Petroleum Division.  


FIRE DEPARTMENT KEY LOCK BOX 
 

Where an automatic fire protection system will call the Fire Department to a building "after hours", a Fire Department key box (Knox Box) shall be provided. The boxes can be acquired online at www.knoxbox.com. Contact the Fire Department for model numbers and mounting locations.


OPEN BURNING

If you live in the Village of Roselle or Roselle Fire Protection District, open burning is prohibited, except where an approved container is used. Yard waste and items that are typically thrown in the garbage are prohibited from being burned.

Fire pits are allowed as long as they are used in compliance with Roselle's open burning /fire pit rules and regulations. Any fire that is deemed to be a nuisance by the fire or police department will be required to be extinguished.  

 For more information, please call (630) 671-2842 or email the Fire Prevention Office