Inspections

The Oconomowoc Fire Department conducts over 1,400 fire inspections every year. Our inspectors will inspect every business in the City of Oconomowoc and the Town of Oconomowoc. The majority of businesses require two inspections a year according to fire codes. Most fire inspections we perform are unannounced fire inspections, which means that the business is not given prior notification of the inspection.

If you are a business owner in the City or Town of Oconomowoc and would like additional information, please call 262-569-3223 or email the Fire Inspector.

If you are a new business in the City or Town of Oconomowoc, please set up an Initial Fire Safety Inspection with our inspectors prior to requesting a building inspection.

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Identifying Fire Inspectors
Due to dishonest people impersonating fire inspectors for ulterior motives, a section has been added on how to identify a fire inspector, the rights of the inspector, and the rights of the business owner. A link can be found in the left hand column of this page.

Fire Inspection Tips for Local Business Owners
Below are some easy tips to keep your fire inspection record clean.

Check that all of your exits have an exit light that is lit. Most exit lights also have a test button to ensure the battery backup is working, test your lights often.
An Exit light
A red test button
Make sure you have at least 36 inches of space for your walkways and hallways, and around electrical panels and sprinkler valves. Many businesses have painted lines on the floor to remind employees to not store anything in these spaces.
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Be sure to get your fire extinguishers, alarm systems, and sprinkler systems tested annually. Typically the number for the business is located on the paperwork/tag.

Make light use of extension cords. According to fire codes, they are only for temporary use. Power strips with fuses are an acceptable alternative. Stringing multiple power strips together is not acceptable. Do not overload an outlet!
Do not block sprinkler heads. Clearance of 18 inches need to be maintained at all times for the sprinkler heads to function properly. Do not hang anything from the sprinkler heads or the sprinkler pipe.

If you plan on remodeling, please let us know. We will be happy to assist you make your remodel fire safe.

If you have any questions or concerns about your business, please don't hesitate to call us! We will be more than happy to visit your business and help you prevent disaster.