South Carolina Fire Prevention laws & safety compliance analysis

South Carolina Fire Prevention: What you need to know

South Carolina has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. However, South Carolina's Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) requires 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. South Carolina's OSH Act virtually mirrors the federal OSH Act, with a few exceptions.

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

Private employers. The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations' Division of Fire and Life Safety delivers fire prevention and protection services throughout the state. Its Fire Academy provides training for the industrial sector, including live fire training. For more information, call 803-896-9800.

State employees. The state Office of General Services has emergency plans for state-owned and leased buildings, and policies for evacuation drills and other emergency training for state employees. Go to for more information.

Weather drills. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division holds statewide tornado drills in February, and earthquake drills in May. Go to for more information.


The state government has evacuation information available at Click on Evacuations.

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