Building owners and /or their designated property manager bear the legal obligation to ensure that their building or tenant space complies with all applicable codes adopted in by the State of South Carolina and the City of Clinton. Some of the requirements include readily visible, annual servicing of fire extinguishers, keeping fire lanes clear, ensuring exit lights are working, etc. Additionally, testing of all applicable fire safety systems such as sprinklers, fire alarm, private fire hydrant, standpipes, fire pumps generators, kitchen hood suppression systems, etc. must be conducted at the frequencies specified by the code. A documentation of such tests must be maintained at the premises and must be presented to fire code officials upon request.


Fire & Life Safety Inspections and Pre-Fire Planning

In order to provide for a high level of fire and life safety to the public, a goal of the Fire Marshal’s Office is to inspect all public and commercial buildings annually. This includes stand-alone businesses as well as tenants in commercial mid-rises and shopping centers. Inspections may be scheduled, or unscheduled spot checks.


Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Fire extinguishers are required under 2021 IFC to be present in every occupancy and “tagged” by a State Certified contractor. The fire extinguishers must be re-certified every 12 months.