Construction Safety

The Construction Safety Unit ensures that construction sites, whether for new construction or rehabilitation, have taken every precaution to ensure fire prevention safety at the site. Fire safety on the construction site is accomplished through the unit’s inspection of the job site, noting and having corrected any situations or violations which may adversely affect fire safety concerns. They also:

  • Ensure that proper permits have been obtained, are properly displayed and scope of work being performed is that stated on permit.

  • Ensure standpipes are operational and that their location signage is clearly visible.

  • Ensure proper codes and standards are being adhered to.

Contact Us

Phone: 617-343-3690 and 617-343-3693

Fax: 617-343-2197

Construction Related Guidelines and Applications

Latest Fire Prevention News

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    Quick Links below:

    2016 Registered Cleaners and Inspectors

    Request a paid fire detail

    Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspection

  • Summertime & BBQ Safety Tips from Boston Fire

    Think "safety first" when planning your summer activities and barbecues. Boston Fire has some helpful summer safety tips available and reminds residents of important summertime regulations in the City.

    Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

    Summary of Massachusetts Fireworks Law MGL Chapter 148, S. 39

    Barbecue Safety Information

    Summer Safety Tips

  • Changes for Requesting Paid Details Coming on April 25, 2016

    In order to better serve our customers, effective April 25, 2016 the Boston Fire Department will be implementing on-line requests for Paid Details.  Requests for Paid Details will only be accepted through this link.  The link to request a paid detail will be provided as we approach that go live date.

  • Electronic Plan Submittal Coming in May 2016

    In May 2016 the Boston Fire Department will be accepting Tier II Plans for Fire Alarm Applications and Plans for Special Suppression Systems electronically when we implement the City of Boston's Online Permitting Portal.  Read the Boston Fire Department's requirements for electronic plan submital.  We are also implenting changes to the Fire Alarm Application Process to better serve our customer's with this portal implemntation.

    Electronic Plan Submittal Requirements

    Changes to Fire Alarm Permit Applications coming in May 2016

  • New Air Pressurized Standpipe Requirements

    In the City of Boston during constuction or demolition in high rise buildings (70 feet or higher) an air pressurized standpipe is required to be in place in the building. The effective date for this requirement in Boston is on all construction applications received from August 15, 2015 on.  Please read the documents below for more information.

    Air Pressurized Dry Standpipe Summary

    Requirements for Air Pressurized Standpipes

  • Hazardous Material Process or Processing

    Read below for all information required to be in compliance when processessing hazardous materials as defined under 527 CMR 1.00 c 60.

    Hazardous Material Process or Processing

    Form FP 300

    Form FP 310 - Fire Department's Inspector Checklist

  • A new Comprehensive Model Fire Code (527 CMR 1.00) has been adopted by the Division of Fire Services and the State Fire Marshal's Office effective January 1, 2015 replacing the current 527 CMR.

    The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. This new code will replace the current 527 CMR. More information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Fire Services website.

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  • New Ordinance Enacted in Boston

    Regulating the use and sale of outdoor cooking appliances, outdoor patio and space heaters, outdoor decorative appliances, and outdoor fireplaces. On July 30, 2014 the Boston City Council amended the Boston Fire Prevention Code by passing Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code.

    Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code

  • Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly

    Read the new Candle Guidelines that are in effect October 1, 2012. The Boston Fire Department requires that the use of candles in a Place of Assembly be permitted as defined in the attached document.

    Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly

  • Effective April 1, 2014 Boston has a Revised Upholstered Furniture, Molding Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture Policy

    Effective April 1, 2014 the Boston Fire Department shall modify its upholstered seating regulations to more closely align with the current state regulations: 527 CMR 1.00 c 12, "Upholstered Furniture, Molded Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture.  This change will effectively reduce the number of regulated use groups in the City of Boston.

    Although this modified policy closely follows the requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations, there are still some notable exceptions that shall be strictly enforced.  This policy is subject to modification at the discretion of the Boston Fire Marshal.

    More Chemist Information

  • Important gas safety information for residents of Hyde Park from Eversource

    Eversource delivers natural gas safely and reliably to customers in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. We ask those residents especially to take a moment to review the following important gas safety information regarding pipeline operations and safety:

    Eversource gas safety information

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