Valuable time may be lost trying to locate your home or business. For your safety, a Premise Identification Ordinance was created so emergency responders can locate your property in the event of a fire, medical, or other emergency.
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|One and two-family dwellings|
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Failure to comply with the Premise Identification Ordinance is considered a civil fire code infraction and is punishable by a $25 fine. A fine may be imposed upon any person responsible for a civil fire code infraction for each violation. Each day such violation is permitted to exist shall be considered a separate infraction.
Questions about address posting? Please contact the office of the Fire Marshal at 301-600-1479.
The KNOX-BOX® Rapid Entry System provides non-destructive emergency access to commercial and residential property. The fire service uses the various Knox key boxes, vaults, key switches and padlocks for safe and secure rapid entry into properties that are equipped with fire sprinkler or fire alarm systems, as well as other properties where the Fire Marshal considers it necessary for the Fire Department to gain rapid entry.
Plowable fire hydrant markers are used to identify the locations of fire hydrants in Frederick County (MD). Although it is not pictured, the color used is blue and it must be specially ordered. The manufacturer of the markers is Ennis-Flint Americas. The marker is a Stimsonite Marker; Model 101. Other markers may be acceptable for use in the county. Contact the County Fire Marshal’s office for approval before ordering and installing.
There are a number of dry fire hydrants strategically placed within Frederick County to allow firefighters’ quick access to water when needed.
The Office of the Fire Marshal is responsible for investigating complaints with regard to abandoned/disreputable structures in all areas of the county except the City of Frederick. It is the responsibility of a property owner to ensure that the structure is secured and does not create a fire and/or life safety hazard. One way to secure the structure is in accordance with the U.S. Fire Administration's Board Up Procedures.
10.13.1 Every person owning or having charge or control of any vacant building or premises shall remove all combustible storage, waste, refuse, and vegetation and shall lock, barricade, or otherwise secure all windows, doors, and other openings to prohibit entry by unauthorized persons. (NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition)
Upon receiving a complaint, the fire marshal will conduct an investigation, and if the property is deemed a fire hazard, a letter will be sent to the property owner and he/she will be given fifteen (15) days to correct the problem. If, after that, the issue has still not been addressed, a citation may be issued and the property owner/occupant may be charged $500 per day until compliance is achieved.