December 16, 2017
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Fire Marshal’s Office

Fire Marshal’s Office

The BIFD is charged with enforcement of the local fire prevention code and of state fire laws and regulations.  The Fire Marshal's Office directs fire prevention activities. It handles the more technical fire prevention problems, maintains appropriate records, grants permits, investigates the causes of fires, and conducts public education programs. All commercial or multiple-dwelling buildings are inspected, and orders are issued for the correction of violations of fire laws.

If you are building a new home or business on Bainbridge Island or modifying an existing building and a building permit is required from the City, your plans will be reviewed by the Fire Marshal's office. Under certain conditions residential or commercial fire sprinklers may be required.

Learn about sprinkler requirements.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled and can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide can quickly build up to unsafe levels in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas. Carbon monoxide killed over 1,000 Washington residents between 1990 and 2005. In the aftermath of the December 2006 windstorm, over 300 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for CO poisoning and eight people died. Generators in garages, or near air intakes, and use of charcoal or gas grills indoors, are common causes of CO poisoning during power outages. Fuel burning appliances, attached garages, and fireplaces are also sources of CO.

Learn about carbon monoxide regulations.

View the Carbon monoxide factsheet.