Code Information & Hot Topic Fire Safety Sheets

The purpose of these sheets are to provide additional information about the requirements of the codes.

While the Department relies on a consistent set of standards and adopts national codes, there are many different classifications within these codes as well as many unique situations. Specific questions should be directed to your local DFS regional office.

Due to the adoption of the 2015 Fire and Building Safety Code many of the  Code Information Sheets below are out of date and currently under review and correction . We will soon have the new versions availble for you,  links will be reestablished at that time. If you have any questions please contact your local Division of Fire Safety Office .


Barbecue Grills Requirements -  Information about cooking grills on decks and storage of propane cylinders.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms - General information requirements about CO alarms
Carbon Monoxide Alarms Installation Matrix Sheet - CO alarms placement requirements.
Emergency Egress Windows  -Minimum size requirements for egress windows used as an secondary means of escape.
Fire Watch Requirements - Requirements and duties of a fire watch.
Fireworks Safety  -General information and Vermont laws regarding fireworks .
Handrails and Guards - Size and height requirements for handrails and guards.
Key Box  - Requirements of the Key-Box system 

Seasonal Decorative Items / Christmas Trees  - General information about seasonal decorative items by occupancy type.

Short Term Rental Checklist - Checklist for short term rental safety, health and financial obligations.

Short Term Rental Safety Considerations - Fire safety considerations for short-term rentals.​

Smoke Alarms - General information requirements about smoke alarms.
Smoke Alarms Installation Matrix Sheet  - Smoke alarms placement requirements.
State Permit and Licensing Requirements  -When you need a state permit or license.
Tampering with Smoke & CO Alarms - Information on tampering with fire safety equipment. Tenant and landlord responsibilities. 
Vermont Codes and Standards - About the fire, life safety and building codes and other standards adopted in Vermont.
Requirements for Stairs - Code compliant stair details and requirements.

Michael Desrochers, Executive Director
Joseph Benard, Deputy Director

1311 US Route 302 – Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641
Phone:  802-479-7561
Toll Free:  800- 640-2106

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