Day Care Inspection

Licensed Child Care and Preschool Facilities

A child care provider or facility licensed by the ND Department of Human Services must pass a fire safety inspection as a condition of licensure. Please reach out to Horace Fire at 701-282-8800 or Contact us to schedule an inspection.

FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR FAMILY/GROUP CHILD CARE STRUCTURES

Fire Marshal Safety Inspection

  • The structure has two means of egress from every occupied room.  One egress leads to outside.
  • Egress doors are at least 32 inches in clear width
  • Outlets and extension cords are of proper size and not overloaded
  • Smoke detectors are provided in all sleeping areas used for child care, and in/on each level of the home.  Detectors are tested monthly.
  • The home has an approved and properly maintained fire extinguisher on each level of the building.  The extinguisher is accessible.
  • Combustibles and/or flammables are kept away from sources of ignition, i.e., furnace and water heater.
  • Basement egress and mechanical room are separated by a one hour enclosure or equivalent.  In occupancies with more than 12 children, the upstairs must be separated by a one hour enclosure or equivalent if used for sleeping area.
  • Number of children cared for complies with one child per 35 square feet net.
  • Closet and bathroom doors latch in closed position and are capable of opening from the inside.

FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR CHILD CARE FACILITY AND PRESCHOOL STRUCTURES

Fire Marshal Safety Inspection

  • The structure has two means of egress from every occupied room.  One egress leads to outside.
  • Egress doors are at least 32 inches in clear width.  Exit doors are unlocked and provided with panic hardware when licensed for 100 or more.  Exit doors swing in the direction of travel when over 50 clients or more.  Travel distance to an exit is less than 150 feet for 50 clients or more.
  • Vertical openings are enclosed and have a door
  • Exit signs are lighted.  Emergency lighting is provided when licensed for 50 or more clients.  Adequate normal lighting provided.
  • When Licensed for more than 50 clients, the building has a fire alarm system with smoke detectors connected to the fire alarm system.  Smoke detectors are provided at stairway doors and in sleeping rooms and corridors.  When fewer than 50 clients, the building has adequate smoke detectors.  Detectors are tested monthly.
  • Outlets and extension cords are of proper size and not overloaded.
  • Interior corridors are fire resistive.  Hazardous areas, i.e., furnace and storage rooms are fire resistive.  Finishes on walls and ceilings are constructed of noncombustible materials.
  • The structure has an approved  and properly maintained fire extinguisher on each level of the building.  Extinguisher is accessible and mounted appropriately.
  • Combustibles and/or flammables are kept away from sources of ignition, i.e. furnace and water heater. Heating systems and chimney are inspected and maintained by qualified person.
  • Kitchen cooking appliances producing grease vapors have a hood system protected by automatic extinguishing system.  System is serviced and maintained regularly.
  • Number of children cared for complies with one child per 35 square feet net.
  • Written plan is posted and exit drills are conducted monthly.