The Forsyth County Fire Department is responsible for enforcing the regulations
of the 2006 North Carolina Fire Code and ordinances adopted by the County of Forsyth.
The jurisdictional area covers all schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School
System and all businesses, institutions, assemblies and multi-family dwellings outside
of the town limits of Kernersville and the City of Winston-Salem.
It is the goal of the Forsyth County Fire Department to inform and assist the property
owner and citizens with information and guidance in order to comply with the various
Fire and Lifesafety Codes and Regulations. The intent of the regulations is to provide
a reasonable level of safety to the property owner, occupants, general public and
our emergency responders. The inspection also serves to maintain our Emergency 9-1-1
data base for fire and medical emergencies. Maintaining this level of safety has
a positive affect on our economy and quality of life.
The employees who perform fire inspections must maintain annual competencies and
are sworn to uphold State regulations. But more importantly, these individuals are
your neighbors and fellow citizens that are fire service professionals who regularly
see the injuries, deaths, property loss and financial burdens created by fire and
other hazards that are so often easily preventable. In order to assist you in complying
with Fire Code issues, we have listed various information, common hazards and helpful
hints that will enhance your protection and increase the efficiency of your annual
inspection. You may contact us at 336-703-2550 during the regular office hours of
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also
contact us using this form.
Common Hazards and Violations
- Exits and Overcrowding are a major concern. Throughout history improper exits and
occupancy have resulted in large loss of life. Designated exits must be unlocked,
unobstructed and marked. This includes the path to the exit and the discharge on
the exterior. Exit signs and lights must be in proper working order. Buildings are
designed and permitted for certain occupancy and number of people. The occupancy
limits must be adhered to. Venues of entertainment, places of assembly and dining
are subject to spot inspections due to the serious threat that overcrowding creates.
Severe fines, closure and legal actions may result even for initial violations.
- Fire extinguishers must be present, mounted in a visible location and unobstructed.
Fire extinguishers must be inspected and tested annually by a qualified service
company and display a current tag to indicate same.
- Extension cords may not be used in place of a need for proper permanent wiring.
Extension cord use is limited to filling a need to power a temporary portable appliance
or device while in use and the cord must be of proper size to handle the load. Extension
cords may not be attached to the structure or run through walls, floors or floor
coverings. Cords may not be subject to physical or environmental damage.
- If you have required emergency power failure lighting, you must inspect and test
the devices monthly and perform a 90 minute annual test for battery life. This document
must be available for the Fire Inspector.
- If you have a fire alarm system or a fire sprinkler/ suppression system, the systems
must be maintained and tested by a qualified service company annually.The documents
must be available for the Fire Inspector. Please assure that your Fire/Security
Alarm Monitoring Company has current information for your property and the appropriate
- If you have a Fire Department emergency access “Knox Box keybox” please assure the
keys contained within are current and contact our office if changes are made to
- If you make alterations, additions or deletions to your walls, doors, plumbing,
heating, ventilation, electrical, etc. you should obtain permits through the Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County Inspections Division. This includes changes in the use or purpose of the