CHANDLER, AZ - Schools in Chandler will now undergo a yearly full fire inspection. This is the first school year the Chandler Fire Department is launching a new "fire safe certification” for the Chandler Unified District schools.
Robin Miller, with the Chandler Fire Department, explained that the state fire inspectors only inspect schools once every three or four years.
The yearly inspection will allow teachers stay on top of issues and prevent creating unknown fire hazards.
Joe Silva, a fire prevention specialist conducts the inspections. He said typically the biggest problem inside classrooms is over-decorating.
"You only want a certain percentage of combustibles on the walls," he said. "Decorations need to be 24 inches down from the ceiling and up from the floor."
He also looks for overloaded outlets and assures there is no clutter blocking egress.
The inspection goes along with several other fire safety protocols that the schools can complete to be fire certified.
That includes having teachers complete a safety check twice yearly, fire drills conducted with the fire department and fire education time for kids with a firefighter in the classroom.
Miller hopes the partnership will serve as an example to other districts.
The program is possible because of a grant.