What edition of the International Fire Codes does the fire department utilize?
Municipal Ordinance 10-04 of 2010 adopted the 2009 edition of the International Fire Code.
Can we burn rubbish, trash, grass, weeds or any other material that omits smoke directly into the air?
Section 307.1.1 of the 2009 International Fire Code prohibits the burning of these materials in which the smoke does not pass through a stack or chimney.
Can we have a recreational outdoor fire where the material being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fire place, portable outdoor fireplace, and barbeque grill or barbeque pit?
Section 307.4.2 of the 2009 International Fire Code permits Recreational Fires as long they conform to the following regulations.
- Fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials
- Fire must be 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
- Portable outdoor fireplaces shall always be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
- All types of burning must be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A fire extinguisher with a 4-A rating, dirt, sand, water barrel or garden hose shall also be available for immediate use.
Can I grill on my porch or balcony?
Section 308.1.4 of Municipal Ordinance 11-08 of 2011 prohibits the use of all charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices on combustible porches and balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
Where do you get fire extinguishers filled?
The Norristown Fire Department does not fill or inspect fire extinguishers; we suggest that you check with your local retailers or telephone book.
How do I obtain a fire incident report?
To request a fire incident report please contact the Fire Marshal at (610) 270-2894. The cost is $25.00. Checks should be made payable to the Municipality of Norristown. Additionally, the Municipality of Norristown charges the following additional fees for photographs.
Black and White Photo: $10.00/print
Digital Photos: $15.00/print
Digital Photos on CD: $200.00/CD
How can I obtain information regarding Fire Safety Training at my workplace?
Workplace Fire Safety Training can be conducted by The Norristown Fire Department. I interested, please contact Fire Chief Thomas O’Donnell at 610-292-8281 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Fees associated with Fire Safety Training are as follows:
- Fire Safety Training $ 550.00 / 45 minute presentation for profit companies
- Fire Safety Training $ 225.00 / 45 minute presentation for non-profit organizations
Does the Norristown Fire Department conduct Fire Inspections at commercial properties?
Municipal Ordinance 08-15 of 2008 requires Fire Inspections of all commercial properties and/or businesses located in Norristown. Fees associated with the Fire Inspections are as follows:
Low Hazard Commercial Units (Business, Retail, etc.)
1-2,000 square feet $ 110.00
2,001-5,000 square feet $ 160.00
5,001-10,000 square feet $ 210.00
10,001-100,000 square feet $ 260.00
100,000 square feet or greater $310.00
High Hazard Commercial Units (Manufacturing, Warehouse, etc.)
1-2,000 square feet $ 200.00
2,001-5,000 square feet $ 250.00
5,001-10,000 square feet $ 300.00
10,001-100,000 square feet $ 400.00
100,000 square feet or greater $ 500.00
The property owner may be charged an additional fee for the cost of third-party inspectors, engineers, or other professionals needed to complete the inspection, re-inspection or plan review.
** Fire Inspection fees include the cost of two inspections for each phase. Additional inspections required because of the failure of the work to pass the initial two inspections, shall result in an additional $30.00 for each additional inspection.