Ohio Fire Prevention: What you need to know

Ohio has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. However, federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Ohio's occupational safety and health system, require that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans in place for each worksite. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally. Also check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.

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Ohio law requires fire/evacuation drills for certain facilities such as schools (10 drills per school year) and residential care facilities such as nursing homes (12 drills per year; one conducted on each shift every 3 months). There is also a requirement to maintain records regarding the fire/evacuation drills (time, date, weather conditions, number of persons participating, total time for evacuation).

Downloadable forms are available on the website of the Department of Commerce's Division of the State Fire Marshall at http://www.com.state.oh.us.

Additional information on fire drills and fire prevention is available at http://www.com.state.oh.us/sfm or by calling 888-243-0305.


Tornadoes. The State Fire Marshal encourages businesses to participate in the statewide tornado drill held during Severe Weather Awareness Week in March. For more information, call 614-728-5460.

The Office of the State Fire Marshall also requires that schools conduct tornado drills at least once per month when school is in session during tornado season and maintain records of the drills.

Floods. The state of Ohio conducts a Flood Safety Week in the spring and suggests that businesses in ...

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