FLORIDA SCHOOL FIRE SAFETY
Florida’s children have the right to a safe place to learn, teachers need a safe place to teach, and parents need to be confident that their child’s classroom is not a fire safety hazard. The State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire Prevention has worked alongside school districts, the Department of Education, and Florida's fire service professionals to develop Florida Administrative Code Rule Chapter 69A-58 to prescribe the procedures for conducting inspections and the fire safety standards applicable to public schools.
Local fire officials and public school districts must employ or contract with an individual certified as a firesafety inspector in compliance with Section 633.216, Florida Statutes, in order to conduct a comprehensive fire safety inspection of each public school facility annually.
The State Fire Marshal has developed a web-based firesafety inspection reporting system for receipt of annual fire safety inspection reports. A User’s Guide is available to assist public colleges, school districts and local fire officials with the reporting system. The reporting authority is required to use the online reporting system to certify the inspections have been completed for the current fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). If you have questions regarding the school reporting system, the requirements of Rule Chapter 69A-58 or the statutorily required annual reporting process, you may contact Ms. Casia Sinco with the Division of State Fire Marshal at Casia.Sinco@MyFloridaCFO.com or 850.413.3610.
Florida Fire Safety School Evaluation System
In order to promote the reuse of older public school buildings and reducing the cost for construction of new schools, the State Fire Marshal developed the Florida Fire Safety Evaluation System. This quantitative performance-based system recognizes the built-in fire protection features of each individual building and generates a numerical value to determine its equivalency to newer code requirements. The use of this system may provide cost savings to school districts when evaluating the feasibility of modifying buildings initially occupied prior to January 1, 1985. School districts should consult with the local fire official prior to initiating construction based on the findings of the Fire Safety Evaluation System.
FLORIDA PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNUAL REPORTS (Archived)