The Village of Claycomo has adopted the International Fire Code (IFC) 2018 edition. This is an initial step in a continued effort to make the Village safer for the residents, businesses and visitors. With the adoption of the Fire Code, we will start doing Fire Safety Inspections, there will be requirements that hadn’t been enforced in quite a while, or even at all. There will also be new ones that become industry standards. The main purpose of fire inspections is education and increase the safety of the Village. We know that starting inspections will be slow and frustrating at times, but we are here to help.
IFC 506.1 requires Knox Box installed in approved locations, and shall have keys to gain access. This also applies to locked gates.
Our main purpose for fire inspections is education and increase the safety of the Village. We know that starting inspections will be slow and frustrating at times, but we are here to help. We will work with owners and tenants as much as we can while ensuring everyone’s safety. Most issues that we find, we will allow for 30 days for them to be fixed. For critical or life safety issues, they will need to be corrected anywhere from immediately to 10 days. In addition to finding and addressing safety issues, inspections allow us to “pre-plan” different locations within the Village. This allows us to become familiar with the layout of a building, location of different hazards and processes so we can provide a better and safer service to you and visitors. On our prevention page you can find the “Inspection Guide” that is list of the most common things we look for. We also have commonly violation/issues also.
The operational permit provides the fire department the opportunity to inspect the hazardous use or storage and become aware of these target hazards within the community and ensuring all fire and life safety concerns are addressed while conducting operations. We have annual operational permits (included in the Business License application), and Temporary operational permits. Temporary permits are for short term events such as open burning, cutting, and welding (specific projects), fumigation and fogging, temporary structures.
If you are unsure of what permit applies to you please refer to the Operational Permits Definitions, it lists all of the permits and what some of the requirements are. Also “Places of Assembly” includes but not limited to restaurants, gyms, dance places and Churches.
No non-residential building or structure shall be occupied until a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. There are three types of Certificates. We are trying to establish a baseline of safety within the Village when it comes to business’s building and operations. For established and current businesses, the process is pretty simple, but anytime the business changes hands, or the occupancy changes, then there are more steps and more thorough inspections performed. But as the buildings in the Village are ageing and there have been years of modifications, we need to assure the safety of the employees, residents, and guests.
Meets weather and Air Quality requirements
Location away from combustible structures.
Allowed fuels must be seasoned wood (no green wood, brush or leaves) similar to that being used in a fireplace or charcoal only.
Must be attended at all times with a means of extinguishment.
Bon Fires and open burning require permit.
A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with Sections 307.1.1 through 307.5.
Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous, including the use of airborne fireworks and paper lanterns. Exception: Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wildland ﬁre when authorized by the fire code official.
307.1.2 Meteorological conditions. Open burning shall be restricted to periods when surface wind speeds are fifteen (15) m.p.h. or less.
1. Fires in portable outdoor fireplaces to include Section 307.4.1 & 307.4.3.2. BBQ grills.
307.1.3 Allowable Fuels. The material being burned or consumed must be seasoned wood (no green wood, brush or leaves) similar to that being used in a fireplace or charcoal only. Any other materials being burned may be subject to further legal action being taken.
307.1.4 Commercial open burning operations. All commercial open burning permits will be required to have an air curtain destructor and pit approved by the fire code official. Require MODNR approval and permit.
A permit shall be obtained from the ﬁre code oﬃcial in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a ﬁre for recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests, or a bonﬁre. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land on which the ﬁre is to be kindled.
Where required by state or local law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions speciﬁed in the authorization are followed.
Where open burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation, or a required permit for open burning has not been obtained, the fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment of the open burning operation.
The location for open burning shall be not less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.
1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.
A bonﬁre shall not be conducted within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the ﬁre is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions that could cause a ﬁre to spread within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. Bonfire dimensions shall not exceed six (6) feet in diameter and six (6) feet in height and shall be approved by the fire code official, and permit issued. Section 307.1.1 applies to bonfires.
Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
Fires contained within commercially built outdoor fireplaces designed to prevent the spread of flames or embers are permitted on privately owned property of a one- or two-family dwelling for pleasure, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes. Outdoor fireplaces shall not be operated on or within fifteen (15) feet of combustible materials, decks or patios. Outdoor fireplaces may not be used for burning trash, yard waste (other than small tree branches, cut/broken to fit in the fireplace), rubbish or similar material. Section 307.1.1 applies to outdoor fireplaces.
Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor ﬁreplaces shall be constantly attended until the ﬁre is extinguished. Not fewer than one portable ﬁre extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.