September 29, 2016

Portland OR Fire Escape Inspections

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Portland OR Fire Escape Inspections


FIR-2.08 – Fire Escape Issues


A.  Implementation of Testing and Repair:

1.  At the first available fire inspection (Regular/Special Owner Request/Special) following the effective date of this policy, fire inspectors shall perform a visual inspection of the fire escape(s).

2.  The fire inspector shall determine whether or not the fire escape is an “imminent hazard” based upon key visual indicators (refer to Attachment #6). Key visual indicators include missing pieces, deformation of joints due to rust development, loose or absent connections between pieces, or degraded connections to the structure.

3.  If the inspector determines a fire escape is an imminent hazard, he/she shall order an evaluation and certification of the fire escape by a registered design professional and comply with Section A, items (5), (6) and (7). NOTE: the definition of a Registered Design Professional can be found in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code.

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2012 IFC 1104.16.5.1 Fire escape stairs must be examined every 5 years ,by design professional or others acceptable and inspection report must be submitted to the fire code official.


IBC 1001.3.3 All fire escapes shall be examined and/or tested and certified every five years by a design professional or others acceptable who will then submit an affidavit city official.


NFPA LIFE SAFETY CODE 101 The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) shall approve any fire escape by Load Test or other evidence of strength (Certification).


OSHA 1910.37 Exit routes must be maintained during construction, repairs, alterations or provide alternative egress with equivalent level of safety. (permit issued if egress is certified or with egress scaffolding) 

FIVE STEPS to Certify a Fire Escape:

  1. Schedule a pre load test evaluation by a design professional or others acceptable by City Official – AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction)
  2. Said professional will confirm with City Official if there are any other requirements other than load testing or other evidence of strength and if City Official wants to witness initial evaluation
  3. Submit evaluation report to owner/agent and a copy to the City Official as per code
  4. Issue certification, if passed, done by load test or other evidence of strength to City Official or, if failed, owner/agent and city official to confirm next steps (ex. engineer oversight, permits or other conditions)
  5. Please contact your local City Official (AHJ) with any questions about the above steps

Portland OR Fire Escape Inspections