Under Florida Statute 69A-58 it is the responsibility of the local Fire Official and the School Board to conduct annual fire and life safety inspections of all schools that house children from Pre- Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Each year, The Cape Coral Fire Department’s Life Safety Bureau conducts a complete Fire Safety Inspection of every public, private, charter, and parochial school within the City at the beginning of the school year. This is a comprehensive inspection of each school to ensure that the learning environment for our children and their teachers and support staff is as safe as possible. Every room and building on the school campus including classrooms, closets and storage rooms, hallways, stairwells, and elevators, offices, kitchens, restrooms, HVAC and boiler rooms, and electrical rooms are inspected. In addition, all outbuildings, bleachers, and the campus grounds are checked including maintenance records for fire hydrants and fire department connections, and that all emergency access points for Fire Department apparatus are accessible.
A review of critical life safety systems such as fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems, and their test reports is conducted. The school fire drill log is checked for compliance and the schools emergency plan is reviewed. All exits and means of egress are checked to be sure they are clear and accessible, and all emergency systems and devices are operational.
When possible, these inspections are conducted jointly with the School District Safety Inspector. A representative of the School is immediately made aware of any deficiencies or fire code violations found. A written inspection report containing a plan of action and schedule for corrections is sent to the school administrator, the School District Inspector, and the State Department of Education.
We strive to keep our children, teachers, and faculty safe from hazards.