I’m new to the area, if I have an emergency who do I call?
9-1-1

What code does the Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District use?
The 2003 edition of the International Building code, International Residential Code, International Fire Code and referenced standards.

I might be constructing a new building, will I need a permit?
You will need a Building permit for fire prevention and safety which is due before lumber is delivered for a, Commercial Building, Residential Home, Multi-Family Home, or Duplex Apartment Building.  We will check for basic fire prevention and life safety issues.  A list of some of the things we look for is located in the Building permit application which can be found on this website.  If you do not have adobe acrobat reader or would like to have a paper copy of these items please feel free to call 636-566-8406 and we will be glad to fax or mail you a copy.  The items on the list is not all inclusive however, the list gives a basic idea of what items are checked for.

I’m selling or moving into a existing home, business, mobile or modular home. Do I need a occupancy permit?
You will need a Occupancy permit for any new occupancy or re-occupancy. We will check for basic fire prevention and life safety issues.  A list of some of the things we look for is located in the Occupancy permit application which can be found on this website.  If you do not have adobe acrobat reader or would like to have a paper copy of these items please feel free to call 636-566-8406 and we will be glad to fax or mail you a copy.  The items on the list is not all inclusive however, the list gives a basic idea of what items are checked for.  All occupancy permits are a flat rate of $75.00.

The Fire Department has been inspecting my building for many years and has never mentioned a violation in the past. Why are they indicating a violation this time?
Fire codes are updated regularly.  Some of the things that cause changes in these codes may be a newer type of construction, a new construction method or maybe an event that occurred where people were injured.  Whatever the reason, when the codes are updated, it is necessary to inspect your facility under the most current code.  This may result in a change from the previous year in your inspection.

When I need a permit, whom do I call for an inspection?
Call the Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District Department of Fire Prevention and Safety at 636-566-8406 more information.

What is a KNOX Box?
A Knox Box is a secure rapid entry system for emergency services.  It is a secure box containing master keys and information about contact persons, materials on the property or and special information that will aid the emergency service.

Can I purchase a rapid entry key system (Knox Box) for my business?
Yes, you can pick up a form at Fire Department Headquarters 2663 E. Hwy 47, Winfield, Mo.  Please call 636-566-8406 for an appointment.  Once the form is filled out you mail it in with your payment.  When you receive your Knox Box, a Fire Inspector will help you find the best location for installation at your address.  After the box is properly installed, a Fire Truck with the master key to the Knox Box will come and place your Master keys into the box and lock it.

Can I cook on my wood deck or concrete patio?
It is not recommended you place grills on wooden decks.  If you do, you must take measures to keep any burning ash or grease from falling onto the deck.  Keep children and pets away from the grill.  Stay with the device while it is hot or a flame is present.

My building has a sprinkler system.  Are there things I should do to maintain the system?
If you own the building, you are required to see that the system is tested annually by a reputable contracted agency and the documentation of this test should be kept on file for the fire department to view in accordance with International Fire Code chapter 9.  If there is a system in your building,  it must be in operational condition at all times.  If you are a tenant or owner-occupant, there are other things you can do to be sure your system is ready in case it is needed.  Never paint a sprinkler head.  Each sprinkler head is designed to cover a certain amount of area in your building, so before you build walls or large shelving units or stack storage to the ceiling, check with your fire inspector to be sure that you do not prevent the sprinkler head from doing its job.  Also, never hang anything from a sprinkler head.

On TV, when a sprinkler head begins to spray water, they all do.  Is this how my sprinklers will work?
No, most sprinkler systems with a few exceptions, (and those are found only in heavy industry situations), are designed to activate only where the fire is.  The heat from the fire activates the sprinkler head closest too it.  If the fire is large enough it may activate more than one head in the area but it will not activate every head on an entire floor.

My building has a fire alarm system.  Are there things I should do to maintain the system?
If you own the building, you are responsible to see that the system is tested annually by a reputable contracted agency and the documentation of this test should be kept on file for the fire department to view.  Also, it would help if someone who is likely to be in the building on a daily basis knows where the alarm panel is located.  If you are a tenant or owner-occupant, there are other things you can do to be sure your system is ready in case it is needed.  Never paint a detector surface.  Each detector is designed to cover a certain amount of area in your building so before you build walls or large shelving units or stack storage to the ceiling, check with your fire inspector to be sure what you do not prevent the detector from doing its job.  Also, never hang anything from a detector.

Our alarm system keeps having false alarms.  The alarm goes off but no fire is found.  Can’t we do something about this?
Fire alarms seldom malfunction.  Usually, if they are sounding, there is a reason.  Sensing devices may need cleaning or replacement.  Other reasons causing alarm activation may be as simple as a bag of popcorn that overcooked in a microwave, a co-worker smoking in an area where they shouldn’t be, or dust from re-modeling.  In all of cases, even though big flames were not shooting from the building and hoses were not needed to put the fire out, the system was doing its job of alerting everyone in the building to a possible danger of a fire. I f your system activates, immediately leave the building and do not re-enter until the proper authority investigated the alarm and gives the all clear to enter the building.  Take every fire alarm seriously, follow your established evacuation plan, leave the building until someone of authority (building maintenance, security, the fire department, etc.) tell you it is safe to return.

We never have fire drills at work.  Isn’t there something that requires this?
There are no laws that require a business to have a fire drill but it is a good idea.  The fire department does not have to be present for you to have a drill.  All you need to do is contact the alarm company and be sure you have someone on site that can re-set the alarm system.  We also strongly suggest you discuss this with the other tenants in your building beforehand.  If you would like the fire department to come and observe, contact Fire Prevention at 636-566-8406.

I have a smoke detector in my house that is making a sound but there is no fire.  What makes it do this?
First you need to know if it is battery operated, electric or electric with a battery back up.  If it is battery operated it is probably making a chirping sound which more than likely means it needs a new battery. If it is electric, there may be a problem with its power supply or possibly the smoke detector is too old.  The average life of a smoke detector is 7 years. If it is electric with a battery back up it could be any of the above problems.  Another thing you may try is giving it a good cleaning with the vacuum. Sometimes dust gets in them.  All smoke detectors should be cleaned and checked once a month.  For more information on smoke detectors contact Fire Prevention at 636-566-8406.

I’ve heard quite a lot about carbon monoxide.  Could I have this in my house and do I need a carbon monoxide detector?
There are many things that give off carbon monoxide.  They include gas appliances such as furnaces, water heaters and stoves.  Fuel burning space heaters and wood burning fireplaces can give off carbon monoxide.  Even warming up your car or barbecuing in your garage can fill your house with carbon monoxide.  The problem is that it is an odorless, colorless gas so until you begin to see symptoms, you don know it’s there.  People experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning feel like they have a flu that came on suddenly.  This also affects small pets and even plants.  Carbon monoxide detectors will sense excessive levels of the gas early and warn you to leave. If your family is having symptoms or your detector is sounding an alarm, call 9-1-1 and the fire department will respond.  We can take readings and provide medical help.  Sometimes we can shut off the source of the problem but you will need to call out a technician to check the appliance and make repairs.  For more information on carbon monoxide and detectors Contact Fire Prevention at 636-566-8406.

Can I burn brush or yard waste in the Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District ?
There is a limited amount of burning that is allowed in the Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District. Included in the list are burning for land clearing, recreational fires, warming fires for construction crews and ceremonial fires.  For more specific information on burning regulations or requirements Please contact Fire Prevention at 636-566-8406.

Where can I get my fire extinguisher serviced?
Look in the telephone book yellow pages under “Fire Extinguishers” for a listing.

I don’t think the fire lanes around our building are marked correctly.  How can I find out?
Contact Fire Prevention at 636-566-8406 and we will make an appointment to inspect your building to make sure.

If during an inspection a violation is found, how long do I have to fix it?
For a routine (non-life threatening) violation we usually grant 10 business days for correction.  If a life threatening violation is found we require it to be corrected immediately.  If a violation cannot be corrected in the amount of time given then we will work with the owner/occupant to ensure compliance as quickly as possible.

I would like to invite the Fire Department to teach a class to employees or students about fire prevention and life safety, who do I contact?
Call 636-566-8406 and talk to any officer on duty.  They will be glad to assist.