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Fire Safety Inspections

Procedures for Requesting Fire Safety Plan Reviews (New Construction, Additions, Remodeling

Fire safety inspections are a necessary part of the licensing process. It is a means of assuring that the building used for a child care center is in compliance with essential fire safety requirements for licensure.

Architectural plan reviews will be provided by the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Health Facilities Evaluation Section at no cost to the applicant or licensee. A plan review is required for the following situations:

  • New construction.
  • Renovation, including fire alarms, hood suppression systems, or sprinkler systems.
  • Remodeling.
  • Addition to building.
  • Any structural, mechanical, plumbing, or electrical changes.

The applicant or licensee must submit a set of construction plans, along with the Application for Child Care Plan Review (BCHS-FS-13) as outlined on the form. If the total cost of the project is $15,000 or more, the plans must be prepared and sealed by a registered architect or engineer licensed in the State of Michigan. After the plans are reviewed, a plan review letter will be emailed to the submitter.

Note: Changing interior finishes (e.g., new ceiling tiles, wall finishes, etc.), door hardware, door swing, or door installations would not require a plan review; however, a qualified fire inspector (QFI) must complete an on-site inspection of the changes.

Procedures for Requesting Fire Safety Inspections (Conversions, Consultations, Etc.)

Fire safety inspections for conversions, consultations and, if required, existing licensed child care centers must be obtained by the applicant or licensee from one of the individuals on the below "Independent Qualified Fire Safety Inspectors" list.

Applicants/licensees must arrange or contract with a qualified fire safety inspector and are responsible for any costs of obtaining the inspection. The Bureau of Community and Health Systems will not accept a fire safety inspection report from any other authority, individual or organization that is not on the current applicable list.

If you will be obtaining your license renewal fire safety inspection (required every four years for licensed centers), please review Preparing for Your License Renewal Fire Safety Inspection to help you prepare for you fire safety inspection and to keep the children at your center safer from potential fire hazards throughout the year.

When considering changes to use space, changing capacity, completing renovations, centers should be aware of rule requirements of those changes.

Correspondence from the Bureau of Fire Safety will be done electronically.

Centers Operating in a School Building

For centers operating in a school building, a copy of a previous approval from the Bureau of Fire Services, the State Fire Marshal or a statement from the school district superintendent using the Certification of School Building Compliance with Fire Safety Provisions (BCAL-5043) form is acceptable in lieu of a fire safety inspection.

By submitting the BCAL-5043, you are certifying all of the following:

  • The building has been approved for school use based on the 1973 school fire safety codes.
  • The building has been continuously used as a public or nonpublic school for the instruction of children in kindergarten or higher since the fire safety approval was issued.
  • Any changes to the building since the school’s original fire safety approval have been reviewed and approved by the state fire marshal or Bureau of Fire Services.
  • The parts of the building that have not been changed since the school's original fire safety approval are in compliance with the applicable rules for existing school buildings. Review the supplemental questions prior to signing the BCAL-5043 to ensure you understand some of the applicable rules for existing school buildings.

If you have further questions regarding this program, please contact your licensing consultant or the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Health Facilities Evaluation Section.

INDEPENDENT QUALIFIED FIRE SAFETY INSPECTORS FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS  

 

Michael Albo

Southfield

248-640-3269

malbo@cityofsouthfield.com

Manuel 'Bo' Bohannon

Paw Paw (Kalamazoo)

269-484-4119

boinspector@gmail.com

Chris Dixon

Detroit

313-319-4101

dixonchris@detroitmi.gov

Bradley Dornbos

Grandville

616-446-7818

dornbosb@wyomingmi.gov

Art Eastman

Howell

734-323-4812

ultimatefire@sbcglobal.net

Joseph Felton

Macomb Township

586-634-4578

ctfo94@gmail.com

Jeff Fossitt

Marquette

906-440-5725

fossitjr@gmail.com

John Garwood

Lawton

269-760-3420

Garwood11170@gmail.com

Mike Gregorich

Marquette

906-458-3771

906fireinspections@gmail.com

James Hall

Coleman

989-295-7834

fema5@aol.com

Bruce Johnson

Howell

248-915-0225

trianglelk2015@gmail.com

Jason Kropf

Clinton Twp

586-201-3400

Kropfinspections@gmail.com

Terrence Lane

Detroit

313-447-8209

tlanesr@yahoo.com

Michael T. Larabel

Byron Center

616-723-1716

mikelarabel93@gmail.com

Steven Lee 

Detroit

313-574-7082

lees3887@detroitmi.gov

Tavis Millerov

Williamston

517-281-5864

millerov67@gmail.com

Larry Moore

Otsego

231-838-3269

moorekzoo@att.net

Paul Rainwater

Niles

269.591.0780

343safetyllc@gmail.com

Ron Rybak

Essexville

989-971-1424

ronrybak@sbcglobal.net

Darrell Saulsby

Detroit

313-861-4066

saulsbyfireinspections@hotmail.com

Derek K. Segars

Detroit

313-366-5444

dksinv@aol.com

Linda Schluchter

Saginaw

989-213-5995

lschluchter@stfd.com

Arthur E. Shaw

Petoskey

231-838-3269

ashaw@arthurshaw.com

Dwayne Small

Detroit

313-300-5167

dwaynes661@gmail.com

Greg Smith

Gibraltar/Hillsdale

734-624-8154

fireescape@comcast.net

Justin Turner

Berrien Springs

269-208-9484

jturner3988@gmail.com

Steve Trall

Coldwater

517-617-1750

strall.consulting@gmail.com

Lynnae White  

Grandville

616-292-9365

whitel@cityofgrandville.com

Jeffrey F. Wise

Waterford

248-431-5660

wisejeff1954@gmail.com

Jason Williams

Oshtemo

269-217-3986

ttfd1194@ameritech.net

Jeffrey Young

Lansing 

517-712-1826

young.jeff500@gmail.com