Fire Codes and Drills

This page highlights Montgomery County’s fire codes and fire drill requirements.

Montgomery County Adopted Fire Code 2018

A full copy of the Montgomery County Fire Code 2018 is available by clicking the link here.

Fire Codes and School Fire Drills

Montgomery County has adopted the 2018 International Fire Code, which closely mirrors the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes. Here is a link to the NFPA information regarding drills.

Fire Drill Specifics

Below is additional information on fire drill requirements from the 2018 International Fire Code.

  • 408.3.1 First emergency evacuation drill. The first emergency evacuation drill of each school year shall be conducted within 10 days of the beginning of classes.
  • 408.3.2 Emergency evacuation drill deferral. In severe climates, the fire code official shall have the authority to modify the emergency evacuation drill frequency specified in Section 405.2.
  • 408.3.3 Time of day. Emergency evacuation drills shall be conducted at different hours of the day or evening, during the changing of classes, when the school is at assembly, during the recess or gymnastic periods, or during other times to avoid distinction between drills and actual fires. In Group R-2 college and university buildings, one required drill shall be held during hours after sunset or before sunrise.
  • 408.3.4 Assembly points. Outdoor assembly areas shall be designated and shall be located a safe distance from the building being evacuated so as to avoid interference with fire department operations. The assembly areas shall be arranged to keep each class separate to provide accountability of all individuals.

The NFPA codes the state has adopted has specific fire drill requirements. A summary of these requirements is available by clicking the link below.

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