The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Division of Fire Prevention is statutorily mandated to inspect all public schools in Illinois. This is accomplished both with OSFM Fire Prevention Inspectors and a partnership with local fire authorities who have completed the necessary training provided by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and are recognized as Qualified Fire Officials. OSFM acts as the liaison between qualified fire officials and the public schools.
Both OSFM Fire Prevention Inspectors and the local fire authority Qualified Fire Officials are required to submit inspection reports of these school inspections, which are stored at OSFM on the Mobile Eyes ™ Fire Prevention database.
Public School inspections are conducted under the Health and Life Safety School Glossary developed by the Illinois State Board of Education, which is updated and republished every year. The NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2000 Edition, adopted by the State of Illinois, and any local fire codes in the jurisdiction where the school is located, do not apply when conducting these statutorily mandated inspections.
Private School inspections are conducted using the NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2000 Edition, utilizing the applicable Educational and other referenced chapters.
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