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Welcome to the Connecticut Office of State Fire Marshal home page. We are looking forward to using the tremendous opportunities offered by the Internet to support the needs of our valued customers.  Each of our Bureaus will utilize this resource to offer Internet access to as many of our services as possible. If there is something you can’t find or something that does not totally serve your needs, please advise us so we can take the steps to enhance and improve our service.  It is the goal of the Office of State Fire Marshal to provide our customers with a user friendly service and we will continually strive to maintain that goal.

{William Abbott}

Mission Statement: The Office of State Fire Marshal is part of the Department of Administrative Services. This Office is responsible for promulgating and enforcing codes, standards and regulations to reduce the harm associated with fires, explosions, and mechanical failures. Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 541, Section 29-291 gives the statutory authority to the Office of State Fire Marshal.


William Abbott, State Fire Marshal


Installation of Tents
The Office of the State Fire Marshal has become aware of an article posted on the Safety Advocates for Tents and Special Events (SAFSTE) website that states the State of Connecticut has banned the use of water barrels as ballast for tent installations. 
This information is incorrect and will be retracted by the author.  

Tents and their installation must comply with requirements of the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code (CSFSC) and should be erected in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or an engineered plan sealed by a Connecticut Licensed Professional Engineer.


The intent of CSFSC Part III Section 3103.9 is to insure that tents are braced and anchored to provide structural stability and prevent collapsing.

Announcement – Start of the adoption process for the 2018 State Building and Fire Safety Codes

The State Building Inspector, State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee announce intent to adopt the 2018 State Building and Fire Safety Codes based on the 2015 editions of the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents.  Technical review of these codes will be conducted by the Committee’s Code Adoption Subcommittee (CAS) along with DAS staff.  This review will begin January 2017 and is planned to be completed July 2017.  Details regarding the process and schedule can be found on our Code Adoption WebpageAnyone interested in receiving informational and update emails may request to be included on our email list by sending a request to DAS.CodesStandards@ct.gov

Notice - Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code
The State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services, Office of State Fire Marshal is announcing its intent to adopt the 2018 Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code based on the 2015 edition of NFPA 1 - Fire Code. For further information, meeting dates and code proposal change form please click on the Fire Prevention Code Advisory Committee tab in the column on the left of this page. 
NOTICE– The 2016 CONNECTICUT FIRE SAFETY CODE has been approved and will be effective for all permit applications on or after OCTOBER 1, 2016.

The Department of Administrative Services, Office of the State Fire Marshal, in conjunction with the Codes & Standards Committee, is announcing its intent to adopt a new fire safety code to be titled the 2016 Connecticut Fire Safety Code.  This code will adopt parts of the 2012 ICC Fire Code and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.  Details and information on submitting comments can be found at: DAS code adoption home page.
The Office of State Fire Marshal has prepared a General Information Notice (GIN) on Mobile Food Units.
VISION 20/20
Community Risk Reduction and Public Information Resources
Established and Free of Charge Community Risk Reduction and Public Information Resources from the National Vision 20/20 Symposium 2016

Fully established and marketing tested materials are available for Community Risk Reduction, Fire Prevention, Community Relations, Public Education, & Youth Fire Setter Intervention Programs.  These programs have been developed and presented by fire departments, health and safety organizations, and professional associations throughout the United States.   This information will be helpful for grant applications or grant supported programs that you may already have ready to go or in progress.  Please see the attached flyer for details.


VISION 20/20 Flyer of Resoruces


For more information regarding these programs and their presenters please contact the CT State Representative for the Vision 20/20 Symposium 2016; Terri Trenholm, Fire & Life Safety Specialist, DAS/DCS/Office of State Fire Marshal via email at terri.trenholm@ct.gov
The 2015 CT State Fire Prevention Code (effective May 7, 2015) is available below, please be advised that this has replaced the 2010 CT State Fire Prevention Code.  We understand there are some typographical errors in the document we are working on a correction sheet that will be available shortly.
Click on the above link to access the errata to the 2015 Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code.. This errata was necessary due to typographical errors in the original document.  If there are any questions please contact Joseph Kingston at 860-713-5750


Acting State Building Inspector Joseph V. Cassidy and I have issued a joint memorandum on the Bonding of Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST), click on the link below to access the memo.



Hot Topics / Recall Notices
DOT LPGas Cylinder Requalification Changes - As a result of the propane cylinder explosion on a food truck in Philadelphia, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) has made changes to the requalification requirements for LPGas cylinders. 
On January 21, 2016, requalification changes for cylinders were adopted by PHMSA.  PHMSA published a final rule in the Federal Register, titled “Hazardous Materials Adoption of Special Permits (MAP-21)(RRR)” under Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0042(HM-233F).  This final rule incorporated longstanding DOT special permits into the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).  Cylinders must now be requalified by proof pressure or volumetric expansion testing every 10 years instead of every 7 or 12 years

A free, updated cylinder safety posters noting the new requalification date requirements are now available from the PHMSA website: http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/outreach-training/publications

NEW:  Safety Videos - Click HERE for links to new safety videos that cover a multitude of topics in keeping you and your family safe.   From smoke alarms to escape plans to holiday home fires, please take a moment to watch these informative videos.

Feb. 12, 2015:  Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge  Click HERE to view the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Recall Notice.  

Dec. 31, 2014:  UL warns of counterfeit fire sprinklers  Click HERE to view the UL Press Release.  

Feb. 25, 2014: Press-Connect Type Metallic Fittings State Fire Marshal William Abbott and Acting State Building Inspector Joseph V. Cassidy, P.E. have issued the following position paper on the use of press-connect type metallic fittings for use in fuel gas piping pursuant to the provisions of CGS 29-329, specifically the provisions of NFPA 54.  Click here to read the Position Paper.

Oct. 1, 2013:  Fireworks & Special Effects Effective October 1, 2013, the responsibility for Explosives, Fireworks and Pyrotechnics was returned to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) by Public Act 13-256.  Permits for the Purchase, Transport, and Use of Explosives as well as applications for Fireworks and Special Effects Displays should be sent to:

DESPP - Special Licensing Unit

1111 Country Club Road

Middletown, CT 06457

The Special Licensing Unit can be reached at 860-685-8046.  Other technical questions should be directed to the CT State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) at 860-706-5600. Thank You, William Abbott (State Fire Marshal) and Sgt. William Blanchet (CT State Police FEIU).

May 31, 2013: U.S DOT Emergency Recall Order  - Lite Cylinder Company The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued an emergency recall of 55,000+ propane cylinders manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company.  Click on the link http://go.usa.gov/bbyV for the PHMSA website regarding this recall.

Feb. 25, 2013: Sky Lanterns The Office of State Fire Marshal has received numerous requests pertaining to the relationship of Connecticut’s fire safety regulations and the use of sky lanterns prompting this clarification.  After careful review of the regulations and statutes, the Office of State Fire Marshal has determined that sky lanterns are considered “fireworks” by the Connecticut General Statutes. As such, pursuant to Connecticut General Statute §29-357, it is illegal for the general public to sell, possess or use such devices.  Click here for a copy of "General Information Notice 13-01" that describes the Office of State Fire Marshal's decision regarding Sky Lanterns.

Connecticut Fire Code Documents
   CT State Fire Safety Code
 2012 Amendment to the 2005 code
 2009 Amendment to the 2005 code
 2005 CT State Fire Safety Code (Note, This code was superseded by the 2016 code)
   CT State Fire Prevention Code

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