Idaho Fire Prevention laws & safety compliance analysis

Idaho Fire Prevention: What you need to know

Idaho law requires residential healthcare providers, assisted living facilities, and educational facilities to conduct fire drills. There are no other specific laws or regulations requiring private employers to conduct fire drills. However, federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Idaho'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.

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Check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.


Idaho's Fire Safety Standard (, part of the Idaho General Safety and Health Standards and administered by the Division of Building Safety of the Idaho Industrial Commission, requires public employers to develop fire prevention plans, reviewed annually, that include:

  • Fire reporting procedures
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Floor plans showing location of exits, primary evacuation routes, secondary evacuation routes, manual fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm controls
  • Site plans with assembly points

State law defines public employers as counties, cities, political subdivisions (including school districts), and municipal corporations.

Fire evacuation drills. Public employers must conduct fire evacuation drills at intervals based on occupancy groups (monthly, quarterly, or annually) and include the complete evacuation of all persons from the building. Drills must be conducted for each shift. Fire drills may be postponed due to severe weather.

Records must be kept for each drill that include date, time, duration, notification method, participants, leaders, special conditions, and any problems encountered.

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