Common Fire Questions

Last updated Mar. 07, 2017 - 2:28 pm

Below is a list of common questions we get at the Fire Marshal's office.

To report information about a possible arson:

Contact the City of Raleigh Fire Department Fire Investigation office at 919-996-5188 or email the information.

How can I learn more about home fire safety issues?

Please visit any of our fire prevention education pages, listed below:

How can I dispose of household generated hazardous materials?

Household hazardous waste can adversely affect everyone's quality of life. That's why it is important to properly dispose of these items. Wake County operates permanent collection centers on a year-round basis for all Wake County residents to drop off hazardous materials.

Learn about disposal

How can I get a copy of a fire report?

The City of Raleigh Fire Department will provide these documents upon request.
More details on requesting fire reports

How can I request a fire inspection? (e.g. Day Care, Group Home)

Complete our online request form

Who is doing my fire protection inspection for new construction-related permitted job?

Please call 919-857-4412 after 7:45 am and have your permit number ready.

How can I schedule a fire station tour or have a fire engine visit my location?

Please use our online request form and someone will contact you to confirm a date.

How can I request a fire prevention presentation?

Please use our online request form

How can I report possible fire code violations in a business?

Please contact the Deputy Fire Marshall

How many fire extinguishers are required for my building?

Generally speaking all commercial buildings in the City of Raleigh (including multi-family apartments) are required to have a minimum 2A10BC fire extinguisher(s) within 75 ft. of all points of the building. Also one 2A10BC extinguisher can only serve a maximum 3000sq foot area. There are also other operations and buildings that will have different requirements. If you would like assistance please complete our online request form.

Are fireworks allowed in the city of Raleigh?

Yes. However, Class 1.4G consumer fireworks are limited to what is described in General Statute 14-414. For the full text of the General Statute, please visit the North Carolina General Assembly

How can I obtain a permit for using pyrotechnics?

Permits are issued by the Wake County Fire Marshal's Office with site inspections conducted by the Raleigh Fire Marshal's Office. Download the permit application

What fire code does Raleigh use and how can I obtain a copy?

The City of Raleigh enforces the International Fire Code with amendments through the NC Building Code Council, view the fire code

How often am I required to conduct a fire drill?

North Carolina State Fire Code
Frequency-Required emergency evacuation drills shall be held at intervals specified in the table below or more frequently where necessary to familiarize all occupants with the drill procedure.

Group Occupancy Frequency Participation
Group Assembly Quarterly Employees
Group Educational Monthly* All Occupants
Group Institutional Quarterly on each shift Employees**
Group R-1 (Hotel/Motel) Quarterly on each shift Employees
Group R-4 (Residential) Quarterly on each shift Employees**

*The frequency shall be allowed to be modified in accordance with Section 408.3.2

**Fire and evacuation drills in residential care assisted living facilities shall include complete evacuation of the premises in accordance with Section 408.10.5. Where occupants received habilitation or rehabilitation training, fire prevention and fire safety practices shall be included as part of the training program.

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