The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Division of Fire Prevention is statutorily mandated to inspect all public schools (except Chicago 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. NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2015 Edition, as adopted by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, as well as any local fire codes in the jurisdiction where the school is located do not apply when conducting these statutorily mandated inspections.
Regarding private schools: If the school is located in a home rule municipality or in a local jurisdiction that has complied with Title 41 Ill. Adm. Code 100.3(g) the locally adopted code would apply. In those jurisdiction that are not home rule or 100.3(g) compliant the applicable code would be NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2015 Edition, Chapters 14 and 15, New or Existing Educational Occupancies.
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