Fire Prevention

In Matteson, fire prevention is recognized as an essential component in the overall fire suppression effort. The Fire Prevention Division focuses on identifying fire and life safety hazards through routine fire inspections at both the Company and Staff level. A Shift Commander who reports directly to the Fire Chief heads the Fire Prevention Bureau. While voluntary compliance of Code violations is the goal, the Village has in place a Hearing Officer for adjudication of matters not voluntarily resolved.


 

Fire Protection Systems

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General Information

Current code adoption :

The Village of Matteson has adopted the following codes:

  • International Building Code (IBC) 2012 edition with local amendments
  • International Fire Code (IFC) 2012 edition with local amendments

The Matteson Fire Department is the authority having jurisdiction for the plan review and acceptance testing of fire protection systems. This includes new systems and alterations or modifications to existing systems. Fire protection systems include, but are not limited to, sprinkler systems, dry pipe systems, standpipe systems, kitchen hood systems etc. All required fire protection systems must be approved by the Fire Department before the occupancy permit will be issued.

 

Fire Suppression Systems:

A Fire Suppression system shall be installed and maintained in the following occupancies:

An automatic sprinkler system designed to meet the criteria outlined in NFPA 13D shall be installed in all newly constructed one and two family homes, Group R-3 and R-4 congregate living facilities and townhouse within the Village of Matteson. The automatic sprinkler system for newly constructed Group R occupancies up to and including four stories in height shall meet the design criteria found in NFPA 13R. All other occupancy classifications shall be designed to meet the requirements of NFPA 13.

In addition to the requirements set forth in NFPA 13, the following local requirements shall be met:

  • All control valves for the sprinkler system must be supervised with tamper switches.
  • A post indicator valve or wall indicator valve is required on the supply side of the sprinkler system and must be protected (single-family dwellings and multi-family units exempt). 
  • Separate control valves are required for each floor in multi-story buildings and/or each occupancy in a multi-unit commercial building. Separate flow switches are required for each floor/occupancy as outlined above.
  • The Fire Department connection shall be located near the main entrance to the occupancy. This connection shall be located at least forty (40) feet, but not more than one hundred (100) feet from a fire hydrant.
  • The entire system shall be supervised, zoned, and annunciated in accordance with NFPA 13, 72 and the International Building Code in effect at the time of construction. Additionally, all flow switches shall be connected to a strobe light so as to activate the strobe light when an alarm condition exists. Location of the strobe light shall be on the front of the occupancy in close proximity to the main entrance when possible as to be seen from the street.

All existing buildings covered by this section shall conform to this ordinance when:

  • Change in occupancy classification.
  • Alterations or damages exceeding 50% of the physical value of the structure (Except 13D Systems).
  • The physical value shall be determined by an appraisal of the structure exclusive of land and furnishings. If there is a dispute as to the physical value of the structure, the matter will be remedied through the appeals process outlined in this Code. 

 

Standpipe Systems:

All buildings three or more stories in height and all buildings in which the floor level of the lowest story is located more than thirty feet below the highest level of fire department vehicle access shall have standpipe systems installed throughout in accordance with the Matteson Building Code. The standpipes shall have an approved fire department connection with 2.5-inch hose connections at each floor level (Class One).

 

Plan Review Information

Plans for each fire suppression system must be submitted to the Matteson Fire Department, Attention: Fire Prevention Bureau, 3445 W. 211th Street, Matteson, Illinois 60443 for review purposes. Plans are generally reviewed and written comments provided within 10-14 working days. After the review is completed, the applicant will be furnished with at least one (1) set of stamped drawings, which are required to be on-site and available for the Fire Department Inspector.

The plan submittal shall include:

A submitted fire suppression system may be reviewed in house or outsourced to a firm selected by the Village. The fee schedule for review is $200.00 in house or the cost of review plus $100.00 if outsourced.  All fees shall be borne by the permit applicant and includes underground flush test, rough inspection of piping, hydrostatic test and final acceptance/performance test.

Fire suppression systems must be designed, installed, and function in accordance with locally adopted codes and locally adopted amendments to the codes. This information and other general information regarding fire protection systems are available from the Matteson Fire Department. To obtain this information, call 708-748-5129.

 

Inspection Information

Fire suppression systems must be inspected at certain intervals during construction according to the following schedule:

Fire Sprinkler Systems:

 

Kitchen Hood Systems:

  • Trip/Dump test (Includes verification of fire panel zoning)
  • Final acceptance/performance test

Other Systems :

  •  Information is provided on the plan review comment sheet/form, included with your permit.

Inspections may be scheduled by calling 708-748-5129 forty-eight (48) hours in advance. All appropriate installers must be present at time of acceptance testing.

If an inspection/test fails, the Fire Department will attempt to accommodate the fire protection system installer’s request by scheduling a re-test at the earliest convenience. Any re-inspection/re-test will result in a fee of no less than $100.00.

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Fire Alarm Systems

The Matteson Fire Department is the authority having jurisdiction for the plan review and acceptance testing of fire alarm systems. This includes new systems and alterations or modifications to existing systems. All required fire alarm systems must be approved by the Fire Department before an occupancy permit is issued.

A fire alarm system shall be installed in new construction as required by 2012 IFC with the following additional local requirements:

  • The fire panel or remote annunciator with the means to reset and silence the detection system shall be provided at a convenient location near the front entrance to the occupancy.
  • A strobe light shall be installed at the front of each occupancy. This strobe light shall be visible from the street and connected to the fire detection system so as to provide a visual identification of the affected occupancy. 

  

Plan Review Information

Plans for each fire alarm system must be submitted to the Matteson Fire Department, Attention: Fire Prevention Bureau, 3445 W. 211th Street, Matteson, Illinois 60443 for review purposes. Plans are generally reviewed and written comments provided within 10-14 working days. After the review is completed, the applicant will be furnished with at least one (1) set of stamped drawings, which are required to be on-site and available for the Fire Department Inspector.

The plan submittal shall include:

 

A submitted fire alarm system may be reviewed in house or outsourced to a firm selected by the Village. The fee schedule for review is $ 150.00 in house or the cost of review plus $100.00 if outsourced.  All fees shall be borne by the permit applicant and includes rough inspection of wiring, and the final acceptance/performance test.

Fire alarm systems must be designed and installed and function in accordance with locally adopted codes and locally adopted amendments to the codes. This information and other general information regarding Fire Protection Systems are available from the Matteson Fire Department. To obtain this information, call 708-748-5129.

 

Inspection Information

Before the fire alarm system is accepted a final inspection must be completed and the system installer must be present to conduct the performance test of the system.

A contractor’s Certificate of Completion shall be provided to the Fire Department prior to the Fire Department witnessing a performance test of the system. (Per NFPA 72)

Inspections may be scheduled by calling 708-748-5129 forty-eight (48) hours in advance. When inspections are scheduled, all appropriate installers shall be present.

If an inspection/test fails, the Fire Department will attempt to accommodate the fire alarm system installer’s request by scheduling a re-test at the earliest convenience. Any re-inspection/re-test will result in a fee of no less than $100.00.

 

Requirements For Installation, Testing, and Maintenance

Please note, that a Fire Alarm Contractor shall be licensed with the State of Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Private Detective, Private Alarm and Private Security Act of 1983 and should send a copy of this license to the Matteson Fire Prevention Bureau to design or submit plans.

The Matteson Fire Department currently performs all final inspections and acceptance/performance testing for all fire alarm installations. The Matteson Fire Department will not issue any Occupancy Permits until the fire alarm system has been approved.

Any questions regarding fire alarm systems should be brought to the attention of The Matteson Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau at 708-748-5129.

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Above Ground Fuel Tanks

After obtaining a Site Development Permit, contractors may find it necessary to provide on-site fuel storage during excavation operations. When on-site fuel storage is required, the contractor must obtain approval from the Fire Department. The permit is issued through the Building Department for a fee of $100.00. This permit is good for a period of one year. However, each site must be reviewed by the Fire Department prior to the placement of the fuel tanks.

Permit process:

  • Building Department receives notice of your intention to install temporary above ground fuel storage. The contractor must complete a Building Permit Application Form and schedule an appointment to meet with Fire Department personnel for site location of the storage tank.
  • Fire Department personnel will inspect the site with the contractor to determine a suitable site for the placement of the fuel storage tank. Once the site is agreed upon, the Fire Department will sign-off on the building permit application. 
  • Building Department issues Fuel Storage Permit. 

 

Conditions of Permit

  • Construction of a containment area around the tank large enough to retain the capacity of the vessel when filled or double walled tank is required. No fuel shall be delivered before a containment area is constructed.
  • No smoking during fueling operations.
  • The storage vessel fill be clearly marked as to its contents. 
  • Fuel hoses shall be locked when no fueling operations are being conducted.
  • minimum of one 20# B fire extinguisher shall be within 30 feet of the refueling area during fueling operations.
  • copy of the Permit must be displayed on the tank.

 

Failure to comply with these conditions will result in cancellation of the Permit.

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Wood Trust Warning Signs

For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their deviations shall have the meanings given herein:

  • Property Owner. Any person, firm, or corporation having a legal ownership interest in the property. 
  • Sign. A nine-inches (minimum) by three-inch (minimum) piece of aluminum or stainless steel stock plate, 1/8-inch thick (minimum), covered with red 3M-diamond grade reflective film or equivalent. Located at the center of the sign is a white 3M-diamond grade or equivalent reflective letter “T” which is three inches (minimum) in height. 
  • Wooden Truss Roof. A wooden roof structure consisting of a group of triangles arranged in a single plane in such a manner that loads applied at the points of the intersections of the structural members will cause only direct stresses, tension or compression, within the structural members. WOOD TRUSS ROOFS may include, but are not limited to, the following general types of construction: bowstring, warren, sawtooth, k truss, scissors, cambered fink, hammerbeam, pratt, fink, and inverted queen post.

 

The owner of any commercial or industrial structure which has a wooden truss roof assembly shall be required to mount warning signs meeting the following minimum requirements:

  • Size and constructionEach sign required to be installed in accordance with this chapter shall be of the size and construction defined within Section 95.03. 
  • Mounting locations and height from finished gradeA sign shall be mounted directly to the right of each series of entranced doors (front, rear, and sides of the building or structure) at a height of five feet up from finished grade. The Fire Chief may require additional signs, when the distance between entrance doors or the length of a series of entrance doors would require additional warning signs for visibility by Fire Department personnel. 

 

It shall be the responsibility of each property owner to mount, maintain, and prevent obstruction of any warning signs required to be mounted on the building or structure.

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Requirements for an Occupancy Permit

In order for the Fire Department to recommend that Building Services issue an occupancy permit, the following items must be completed prior to scheduling a final Fire Alarm/Fire Protection System inspection: 

  • Exit and exit directional lights are installed over each door and functioning properly. 
  • Emergency lights must be installed and functioning properly.
  • Fire extinguishers must be mounted and properly serviced and tagged with the current year.
  • The address, including suite number (if applicable) must be displayed on the front/rear door (minimum of 6 inches).
  • If applicable, plans for the Fire Alarm System(s) shall have been submitted and approved in accordance with Village of Matteson requirements
  • If applicable, plans for Fire Suppression System(s) shall have been submitted and approved in accordance with the Village of Matteson requirements. 
  • Fire Protection Systems shall be monitored and tested in accordance with Village of Matteson requirements.
  • The hood/duct system must be serviced and tagged with the current year and a functional test will be required. 
  • A Knox Box must be installed and keys available to be locked inside by the Fire Inspector at the time of the final inspection. 
  • Fire lanes must be properly identified, and marked in accordance with Village of Matteson requirements. 
  • Alarm Systems must be registered in accordance with Village of Matteson requirements.

 

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Knox Boxes

The Matteson Fire Department requires the installation of a Knox Box to gain entry into a building, if necessary.

Once the installation is made on the outside of your building, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 708-748-5129 and someone will come out and place your keys in the box while you are present.

To obtain a Knox Box application please visit Fire station #1 located at 3445 W. 211th Street, or call Fire Prevention Bureau and an application will be mailed to you. All completed applications must be returned to Fire Prevention Bureau for processing.

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Fire Lanes

The design and location of fire lanes shall be according to standards set by the Fire Department, which shall be based on the assumption that the parking of vehicles in fire lanes is prohibited.

Owners of property on which fire lanes are established shall be responsible for providing required pavement markings and obtaining appropriate signage, at owner's expense, in accordance with Village Ordinances. Once posted, the Village will impose fines for violators parking in these restricted areas.

Fire lane signs should be spaced no further than 150’ apart. Additional signage may be required where sight obstructions exist to adequately inform the motorists of the restricted area.

Signs should be installed a minimum of 7’ from the bottom of the sign to the sidewalk. The left edge of the sign should be no closer than 2’ to the curb face (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Standards).

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Street Addressing Requirements

Street address numbers are assigned by the Community Development Department of the Village and must be displayed as follows:

It shall be the duty of the owner, managing agent and occupant of every building in the municipality to have placed thereon, in a place easily visible from the street, figures at least three (3) inches in height on any residence or apartment building and six (6) inches high on any store or business, and of contrasting color to the building's exterior, showing the street address number of the building. Numbers must be block style, no script numbers allowed.

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Fire Departments and Applications

Below you will find various forms and applications required by the Matteson Fire Department. To view these documents, you must use the Adobe Acrobat Reader software available free from Adobe Systems Incorporated. This software allows you to view, navigate and print PDF (Portable Document Format) files.

 

Adobe Logo Fire Alarm / Fire Protection System Application

Adobe Logo Fire Alarm Review Submittal Sheet

Adobe Logo Fire Alarm System - Certificate of Completion

Adobe LogoAbove Ground Piping Test Form

Adobe LogoEmergency Contact Form

 

  

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