Yes. Even though you might plan on not using it, a secured barrier is still necessary around possible heat sources. This includes fireplaces, wall or floor heaters, wood-burning stoves, and other types of heaters.
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In August 2010, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) consolidated the Home Daycare Checklist and the Fire and Life Safety Agreement into one form called the Fire and Life Safety Agreement (PDF). Each year you must renew the Fire and Life Safety Agreement which includes a self-inspection of your home in compliance with the fire codes.
Each year, you must sign and date that you have reviewed the document and conducted the inspection. There is also a date on the form for you to place the date of the original fire official inspection. To meet OSFM requirements; you do not have to have an annual fire inspection unless the local jurisdiction requires one.
Some local fire departments may inspect your home each year when you renew your license. For the KSFMO, make sure you complete the Fire/Life Safety Agreement annually (to include a self-inspection checklist that you must sign-off on) and that the current year is posted.
Additionally you need to make sure you keep your original fire inspection report that was conducted by a fire official (Office of the State Fire Marshal or Local Jurisdiction). Download a new Fire/Life Safety Agreement (PDF) or new Fire and Tornado Drill records (PDF).
Although some local jurisdictions may charge a fee for performing an inspection, a fire safety inspection from the Office of the State Fire Marshal is performed at no charge.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal will view your home daycare as a Childcare Center or a Preschool. You will need to go through the approval process as one of these facilities and you will be inspected once a year.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, a lock that functions as a latch or other fastening device so as to require not tools/keys and only one operation to release is permitted. With this in mind the Office of the State Fire Marshal will allow the following:
Baby gates are a necessary evil. If the baby gates open with not much more difficulty than a standard door, then it will be judged to be OK. Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends using the hinged baby gates so it won’t become an obstruction by falling on the floor or becoming displaced.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal will allow hook-and-eye closures only if the mechanism is well out of reach of children and there are no immediate means that would allow a child to reach it.
The State Fire Marshal's Office plays an important role in issuing licenses for child care providers, even though the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is the state agency that actually licenses child care providers. If you're not sure what type of license you need to apply for, please visit the website of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.