Adopted Boarding Homes Ordinance
Fire Codes
  •  Fire sprinklers required within one (1) year
  •  Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) required in lieu of commercial wiring
  •  Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required
  •  Fire evacuation plans are required

Fire Prevention Check List for Boarding Homes

The following is one of the tools used by fire inspectors when conducting inspections of boarding homes.

  • Access and address – checking to ensure adequate room for approach by fire apparatus and that occupancy has address posted
  • Life safety systems – fire alarm and sprinkler – both type systems has had acceptance testing by fire marshal’s office, has a current inspection tag, and shows no troubles or alarms
  • Gas test (if gas appliances present) - semiannual
  • Smoke detectors in sleeping areas and on each level of occupancy – also ensure mounting requirements (not within 3 ft of tips of ceiling fan blades; not within 3 ft of air supply register; not within 3 ft of door leading to room containing bath or shower, etc)
  • Fire Drill reports – required to conduct monthly fire drills and maintain records on time to exit occupancy.
  • Emergency Evacuation plan – what steps will be taken in cases of emergency (hurricane, flood, fire, etc)
  • Egress – all methods of egress from occupancy are free and clear of obstructions
  • Check locking devices on doors – do devices on doors or windows which require key or special knowledge
  • Burglar bars present?
  • Laundry room check – checking to ensure lint traps kept clean and exhaust ducts are free of lint
  • Check for extension cords – only allowed for temporary use and only for portable items
  • Carbon Monoxide detector present
  • Fire extinguishers – must be mounted no higher than 5 ft; must be within 75 ft of any portion of occupancy, must have current inspection tag.
  • If present, Fixed pipe system (kitchen vent hood extinguishing system) inspection – must be inspected every 6 months, system must be designed for specific equipment of which it protects
  • Maintenance agreements for systems – must have a one year maintenance agreement for fire alarm, sprinkler system, monitoring of fire alarm system, and fixed pipe system.


Find additional information on City Fire Codes.