Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review

Contact Information

Desiree Campanini
(401) 889-5551

The Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review is charged with the development and administrative review of a comprehensive fire safety code covering the State of Rhode Island. The Board further evaluates the proposed use of new fire-related technologies. The Board provides the State Fire Marshal, other state agencies and over 70 fire departments with legal and technical reference information. Finally, the Board sits as an adjudicatory body by providing both review of code enforcement decisions made by the State Fire Marshal's Office and granting variances from strict compliance with the code in cases of structural hardship.
The Fire Safety Code, developed and administered by the Fire Safety Code Board, covers specialized fire protection requirements for hazardous materials and chemicals, flammable and combustible liquids, liquefied petroleum gases, liquefied natural gases, fireworks, model rocketry, heating appliances, spray application of flammable and combustible liquids, welding, use of torches, dust explosion prevention, industrial ovens and furnaces, mechanical refrigeration, combustible fibers and airport refueling operations. In addition, the Fire Safety Code outlines the fire safety requirements of all assembly (including nightclubs, places of worship, and theaters), educational, day-care, health care, ambulatory health care, detention and correctional, lodging or rooming house, hotel and dormitory, apartment (4+ units), residential board and care, mercantile, business, industrial, and storage occupancies in the State of Rhode Island. In addition, the code provides standards for the installation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in one and two-family dwellings, and three-family apartment buildings. Finally, the Fire Safety Code addresses electrical fire safety, smoking regulations, tents, outdoor fires, fire lanes, commercial cooking equipment, combustible waste, tar kettles, Christmas trees, blasting, and explosives.

Title Name Phone Number Email
Executive Director W. Keith Burlingame 401-889-5551 [email protected]
Administrative Assistant Desiree M. Campanini 401-889-5278 [email protected]

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