FAQs

What Property Does the Louisville Fire Prevention Bureau Inspect?


Are Smoke Alarms Required in My Dwelling?


Are There Codes that Govern the Use of LPG Fueled Grills or Charcoal Burners?


How Do I Acquire a Louisville Fire Department Incident Report?


How Do I Become a Firefighter?


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What Property Does the Louisville Fire Prevention Bureau Inspect?


The Louisville Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau
:

Apartments with three (3) or more units, Public Assembly, Stores, Offices, Storage, Industrial & Manufacturing


FPB Operating Hours:
Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Louisville Fire Department
Fire Prevention Bureau
1135 West Jefferson Street
(Map)
Louisville, KY 40203-1831
Phone: 502-574-3731

FAX: 502-574-2955


Kentucky
State Fire Marshall:
Educational – Including: Schools, Colleges & Universities
Institutional – Including: Nursing homes, Hospitals & Day Care

Phone: 1-502-573-0382
FAX: 1-502-573-1004
http://www.ohbc.ky.gov/fireprevention


The Federal Government:
Federal Property

Are Smoke Alarms Required in My Dwelling?


94.02 SMOKE DETECTORS REQUIRED; TYPE AND PLACEMENT.

(A) In all dwelling units, smoke detectors powered by a hard wire AC primary power source or a self-monitored, non-removal ten-year lithium battery shall be installed and maintained after the effective date of this subchapter. Single station detectors presently installed utilizing standard batteries may continue to be used as long as the units remain operational. Should an inspection of the concerned properties reveal these units out of service due to a low or no battery, it will be cause to replace the units with at least smoke detectors powered by a hard wire AC primary power source or a self-monitored, non-removal ten-year lithium battery.

(B) In order to comply with this subchapter, only ionization or photoelectric type detectors listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory shall be installed.

(C) Smoke detectors shall be installed in accordance with applicable NFPA standards and the manufacturers recommendations. Detectors may be ceiling or wall mounted, provided that they shall be mounted at a minimum of four inches and a maximum of 12 inches from the ceiling, and not closer than four inches from the point at which the ceiling and wall meet.

(D) In a dwelling unit, which contains a well-defined sleeping room separated from the other activity areas of the same unit, the detector shall be located in the corridor within the unit or interior area giving access to the rooms used for sleeping purposes. Where sleeping areas are separated and/or where a single smoke detector will not adequately service all sleeping areas, there shall be a smoke detector installed adjacent to each sleeping area. In a rooming unit the detector shall be centrally located.

(E) In a dwelling containing two or more dwelling units or any rooming unit, in addition to the requirements for individual smoke detectors in each dwelling unit or rooming unit, detectors shall be placed in centrally located common areas so that smoke detectors will adequately service all sleeping areas.


94.03 INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE.

(A) The owner of a dwelling shall be responsible for supplying and installing in an operable condition, the required detectors and for providing the manufacturer's maintenance and testing instructions to the tenant.

(B) The owner of a dwelling shall be responsible for maintenance and testing of detectors, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, which are located in common areas and/or detectors in rooming units where the tenant usually has periods of occupancy, (less than 30 continuous days, such as, hotels, motels, tourist homes).

(C) The tenant shall be responsible for maintaining and testing the detectors, in accordance with the manufacturer' instructions, which are within his or her exclusive control during the life of the tenancy. The tenant shall be responsible for notifying the owner in writing when detectors become inoperable, and the owner shall have ten days after receipt of such written notice in which to replace or repair the detectors in an operable condition. In the existing single station, battery-operated types of detectors, battery replacement will not be allowed. In the event existing detectors with standard batteries are found inoperable, the units shall be replaced with at least smoke detectors powered by a hardwire AC primary power source or a self-monitored, non-removal ten-year lithium battery.

(D) At every change of tenancy in all multi-family residential units and dormitories, it shall be the duty of the owner to test and ascertain that those detectors contained in the unit are in operable condition, and if not, the owner shall be responsible for placing them in operable condition. Further, in the event existing detectors with standard batteries are found inoperable, the owner shall be responsible for replacing such detectors with at least smoke detectors powered by a hardwire AC primary power source or a self-monitored, non-removal ten-year lithium battery.

(E) In all hotels, motels, rooming houses or tourist homes it shall be the duty of the owner to test such detectors on a regular basis in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, and the owner shall be responsible for maintaining such units in an operable condition. A log of smoke detector inspections and findings shall be maintained by the owner, and shall be made available to fire inspectors upon request.

(F) It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to install at least smoke detectors powered by a hardwire AC primary power source or a self-monitored, non-removal ten year lithium battery before transfer of the property to a new party. A signed affidavit of the property owner, given to purchaser, seller, and real estate agent before transfer will suffice in meeting this requirement.

(G) Where AC powered detectors have been installed and maintained in accordance with previous ordinances, they shall continue to be used in accordance with the manufacturers installation and maintenance guidelines. Such smoke detectors that are found to be non-operational, damaged, or missing shall be replaced with a hard wire AC powered smoke detector of similar or like-type.

A listing of Louisville Metro Ordinances are available at: http://www.amlegal.com/loukymetro_ky

Are There Codes that Govern the Use of LPG Fueled Grills or Charcoal Burners?


In October of 2002, the State of Kentucky adopted the 2000 Edition of the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Prevention Code (NFPA 1). Therefore, no charcoal burners shall be kindled or maintained on combustible balconies or within 10 ft (3 m) of combustible patios on ground floors. Also, NFPA 58 (Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases), prohibits gas grills with a tank capacity over 2.5 lb (l kg) on balconies of multi-family dwellings of three or more units located above each other.

How Do I Acquire a Louisville Fire Department Incident Report?


Incident Reports are available at Fire Headquarters.

Operating Hours:
Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

1135 West Jefferson Street
(Map)
Louisville, KY 40203-1831
Phone: 502-574-3701


The following information is required to process a request:
* Date of the Incident
* Location/Address of the incident

Reports take a minimum of 3-5 days to process.

How Do I Become a Firefighter?


Applications are processed through Human Resources.

Human Resources Department
517 Court Place
Louisville, KY 40202
502-574-8100