What does the Fire Marshal look for during an inspection?

Underground Hydro & Flush

The inspector will be looking at the fire line, the connections, thrust blocks, and valves. The surface under the fire line shall be compliant with NFPA 13 installation requirements. The fire line shall hold a pressure of 200 pounds per square inch (psi) for a minimum of two hours. After testing, the line shall be flushed via a drain the same diameter as the fire line. The flush will run until all debris is washed out of the fire line. A Texas State licensed RME-U or RME-G shall be present for the testing. At the end of the test, the RME shall furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.

Above-ground Hydro & Flush

The inspector will look at the fire sprinkler piping above the ceiling to ensure the correct piping and the correct size piping were used. The inspector will look at the fire sprinkler heads to ensure adequate coverage, and to ensure that the correct heads were installed. The inspector will ensure that the sprinkler system is supported by hangers and that they are at the correct distances. The inspector will ensure that nothing is secured to the fire sprinkler hangers and/or that nothing is resting on the sprinkler branch lines and/or sprinkler heads. The system shall hold pressure of 200 psi for a minimum of two hours. After testing, the above-ground system shall be flushed. This will wash out the line, as well as reduce the gauge to zero. A Texas State licensed RME-I or RME-G shall be present for the testing. At the end of the test, the RME shall furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.

Fire Sprinkler System Final

The inspector will perform a final check on sprinkler head placement and sprinkler head type. The inspector will witness a test of the tamper switches. The tamper switches shall send a supervisor signal to the fire alarm control panel. The inspector will witness a test of the water flow. The water flow shall activate the fire alarm system water motor gong within 90 seconds of activation. The fire alarm monitoring center shall report receiving tamper supervisory signals and a water flow alarm signal. A Texas State licensed RME-G shall be present for the final inspection. At the end of the test, the RME-G shall tag the system and furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.

Fire Alarm System Final

The inspector will ensure that the system is installed as planned. All notification and initiation devices will be confirmed by comparing the installation with the plans. The system will be tested under normal power, as well as on battery backup. If the system receives emergency power from a generator, the system shall be tested on normal power, battery power, and on generator power. A Texas State licensed fire alarm contractor shall be present on site for the testing. At the end of the test, the contractor shall tag the system and furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.

Commercial Hood System Final

The inspector will verify that the hood system installed matches the approved plans. The ductwork for the hood system will be inspected. The duct shall be welded and wrapped. The duct shall not pass through a fire-rated wall. The system shall be tested by manual pull station and by a fusible link. System activation shall terminate electrical power and gas flow. System activation shall also terminate the fresh air supply. A Texas State licensed commercial hood system contractor shall be present for the final inspection and testing. At the end of the test, the contractor shall tag the system and furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.

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1. Which version of the Fire Code is Williamson County under currently and when was it adopted?
2. What types of structures are governed by the Williamson County Fire Code?
3. How do I schedule an inspection?
4. Will the Fire Marshal’s Office inspect a building on request?
5. How do I report a non-compliant fire system?
6. How do I report a fire code violation?
7. What are the inspection standards for the unincorporated area of Williamson County?
8. I need an inspection of a Day Care facility, what do I need?
9. I need an inspection for my Foster Home (1 to 6 children), what do I need to do?
10. I need an inspection for a foster group home (7 to 12 children), what do I need?
11. I need a fire inspection for a Hospital or Nursing Home, what do I need to do?
12. What type of signage is required for each building?
13. How do I schedule a final inspection?
14. Who needs to be present at the final inspection?
15. What does the Fire Marshal look for during an inspection?
16. Can I apply for a final inspection if I am not ready?
17. Can I have an inspection expedited?
18. Do I need a new inspection if I am a new owner in an existing building or I have had a name change?
19. Is a fire alarm or fire suppression company required to have plans reviewed and permitted?
20. Can I conduct business or open prior to an inspection from the Fire Marshal’s office?
21. Does the Fire Marshal’s Office conduct inspection outside the normal 8 am to 5 pm business hours?
22. What codes and standards are currently adopted?
23. What are the fees for fire alarm plan review?
24. What is required for fire alarm plan submittal?
25. Is our fire alarm system required to be monitored?
26. What are the fire sprinkler requirements for a nightclub or an assembly occupancy?
27. When should a fire alarm system be brought up to the current standard and building codes?
28. Is it necessary for us to bring the fire alarm system up to current code if we are just replacing the fire alarm control panel?
29. Can we use magnets to test smoke detectors?
30. How do I obtain records related to a fire in unincorporated Williamson County?
31. How do I obtain a copy of my Certificate of Compliance?
32. Is there a time frame for scheduling an inspection?
33. How do I obtain a copy of a fire report or copy of inspection paperwork?
34. If I fill out request, how long does it take to receive paperwork from an open records request?
35. How do I find out how to become an Investigator and Fire Inspector?
36. Does my child need the Youth Firesetter and Intervention Program?
37. How do I find out who the investigator of an arson case is?
38. If there are citizens or vendors selling fireworks that are violating the regulations, who should we contact?
39. Can there be a ban on fireworks for the county?
40. How do I dispose of used and left-over fireworks?
41. I do not know if my house falls in the unincorporated area, how do I find out if I can shoot off fireworks?
42. Can a Homeowners Association (HOA) restrict the use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas?
43. Is it illegal to shoot off fireworks in Williamson County?