The City of Racine Fire Prevention Code adopts the standards of the International Building Code. Sprinkler requirements are dictated by size of building and types of occupancy and construction. Whether the building is new or existing, the sprinkler code may also be imposed due to change of occupancy or if the fire chief deems it necessary to impose the code due to the type of occupancy.
All businesses within the City of Racine are required to have a minimum of 1 fire extinguisher regardless of size or type of business. The size and type of extinguisher may vary, however, the minimum requirement is one 2A10BC (5 pounds). The extinguisher must be hung or placed on a shelf in a conspicuous location with the top of the extinguisher no higher than five feet off the ground.
If the tank is no longer in use it must be removed. There are some circumstances where removing a tank would create an unsafe condition to the foundation, then the tank may be filled with inert material. This decision is left to the fire department. All tanks must be removed or filled by a state-licensed remover.
Generally no. However, there are many different codes that apply. The prudent thing to do would be contact your fire prevention bureau.
No. There is no open burning allowed within the city limits. A burning permit may be obtained through the fire department for the purpose of a campfire or training exercise.
Fireworks bought within the City of Racine have been checked by the fire department to make sure that they comply with what is allowed by State Code. Fireworks purchased outside of the city may be legal to purchase, but not legal to shoot. Contact your fire department for further information.
Yes, provided it does not block an exit, there is no smoking within 15 feet of the tree, approved lighting is used on the tree, and it is watered. There are other regulations so contact the fire prevention bureau.
The state of Wisconsin requires a minimum of one detector per floor, including the basement, and no bedroom can be further than 6 feet from a detector. They are either placed on the ceiling or on the side wall 6 inches from the ceiling. The more detectors the better. Check the operation once a week.
Depending on the type of business, rule of thumb is if there is any sleeping, daycare, hotel, motel, etc, smoke detectors are required. Several codes apply, so contact the fire prevention bureau.
Not currently. Contact Gateway Technical Institute or the American Red Cross to find your nearest instructor.
Outside fireplaces and cooking appliances are allowed, as are portable fireplaces, provided they are used in a location not hazardous to life or property. We require a 15-foot setback from any building or property line and recommend UL or FM approved models. Materials and fuels used in outdoor fireplaces may not include rubbish, garbage, trash, construction waste, any material made of or coated with rubber, plastic, leather, hazardous chemical, or petroleum based materials, or any material that produces offensive smoke or odors.