Fire Inspection Programs
Businesses are notified 30 to 60 days prior to an annual inspection. Each business is provided with a list of the 13 most common fire code violations to use as a checklist prior to the inspection. After the inspection, all noted violations that are considered to be extremely hazardous or life threatening require immediate compliance. For all non-threatening type of violations, the fire inspectors negotiate a suitable timetable with the business owners for compliance.
Site Plan Review
Site plans, building permits, and fire/alarm system plans submitted to the City are reviewed with regard to applicable fire codes and regulations. Developers are welcome to contact us for preliminary meetings for proposed projects.
We enforce fire codes and regulations in commercial businesses and multi-family residences through fire inspections and complaint investigations.
Fire Safe Neighborhood Program
The City of Westland’s Fire Department recognizes the fact that homes in America suffer from fires every 10 seconds, and every 60 seconds they suffer a serious fire enough to call the fire department. More importantly, every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire – that’s 4,000 people killed in 2003 alone. Another 20,000 people are injured in home fires in a typical year.
Protecting the families of Westland is a top priority, which is why we have instituted the Fire Safe Neighborhood Home Inspection Program. This program allows a trained fire fighter to go to your home and conduct a proactive inspection to reduce or even eliminate the possibility of a fire occurring in your home. This inspection would include examining your protection devices, usually smoke detectors. Those detectors provide early warning of fire, especially at night when we all are the most vulnerable.
The Dangers of Home Fires
Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking, but are often extinguished with only minor damage since a person is generally present. This program also includes the installation of a home fire extinguisher; we position the device near an exit and show you how to operate the extinguisher in the event of a kitchen fire. Our department throughout the year will conduct group fire extinguisher training sessions to educate and refresh our citizens on the use of those portable devices.
The most dangerous fires occur at night while most people are asleep; starting from carelessly discarded smoking materials igniting upholstered furniture or mattresses. These fires break-out in the first few hours after people go to bed in the rooms that they were in just before retiring. During the winter months heating appliances, including space heaters and fireplaces also contribute to fires during these times igniting furniture or other combustibles left too close to those heating devices. We address these issues and the safest use of these units during the inspection of your home. These are just a few reasons why your Fire Department has created this program for the benefit of our citizens.
Yours in Life Safety
We take fire prevention very seriously, so if you have any questions about the program, please call 734-467-3201 and ask for Assistant Chief John Adams. Ultimately our goal is to assist every citizen in Westland with this program.