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Local jurisdictions may impose greater requirements than those set by the Office of the Fire Marshal, however, they can not approve less than what is required. The facility owners and operators are responsible for insuring state and local requirements are met.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) requires Office of the Fire Marshal approval for many things, including the licensing of new facilities, amendments to existing facilities, and changes in facility name or ownership. This is sometimes referred to as Fire Marshal Approval.
It means that the plans of your facility or proposed changes to your facility have been reviewed for compliance with the Kansas Fire Prevention Code. Fire Marshal Approval is not the same thing as an inspection.
The following are required:
You can mail paperwork to:Office of the State Fire Marshal800 SW Jackson StreetSuite 104Topeka, KS 66612
You can also fax materials to 785-296-0151, but please be aware that the process of faxing plans or drawings can sometimes render them unreadable.
Yes. In major cities, start by calling your local fire department and request an inspection. For most other facilities, your annual inspection will be regularly scheduled by the Office of the State Fire Marshal office and you will not need to request one.
The forms, including all the information on this page, are included in packets from our office. All this information is available online. If you are unable to access needed information, call our main office line at 785-296-3401 and request a packet.
The answer to this question is tough in that it really does depend on the individual situation. In general, non-rated classroom doors may be propped open but only with an approved hold-open device.
Under no circumstance would it be acceptable to prop open a classroom door with a kick-down device, a wooden wedge, or a trash can. Examples of approved hold-open devices include but are not limited to: magnetic hold-open devices or friction devices. Any hold-open device installed on a door must only require 1-motion to close.