See the "Fire Prevention" tab below for more life-saving information about this and other topics
How to schedule an annual inspection for a licensed facility
(Day Care, After School Care, Foster or Group Home, Assisted Living Facility, Nursing Home, Memory Care Facility, Hospital, Emergency Clinic, etc.)
- Please contact the City of Katy Fire Marshal’s Office at 281-391-4080 and we will work with you to schedule the inspection.
- Please block out at least one hour as a minimum for the inspection time.
- For a successful inspection, please ensure that all fire protection systems (fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire extinguisher, kitchen hood extinguishing systems, etc.) have current inspections by their respective companies before calling for your fire and life safety annual inspection.
- Ensure all emergency lights (if installed) are in good working order.
Top Reasons Fire & Life Safety Inspections Fail
- Exit lights and emergency lights fail to operate on battery power
- Extension cords are used in lieu of permanent wiring
- Misuse of multi-plug adapter devices (surge protectors)
- Storage is too close to sprinkler heads or ceilings (minimum clearance is 18" from sprinkler heads or 24" from the ceiling if no sprinkler heads are present)
- Storage too close to electrical panels
- Emergency exit doors are locked or obstructed
- Combustible materials stored too close to water heaters and/or heating units
- Combustible & flammable liquids not stored in proper cabinets
- Missing Building address and/or suite address on front & back doors
- Fire lane markings not maintained
- Sprinkler suppression systems & fire alarm systems past due for annual inspections
- Kitchen hood suppression systems and Alternative suppression systems past due for annual inspections
- Loose electrical wiring, breakers missing from panels creating gaps, missing electrical box covers, missing cover plates for switches and outlets, etc.
- Knox Boxes not maintained with Keys & identification tags (all necessary keys to gain access into the structure & internal spaces, elevator and fire alarm control units) for all Knox Boxes
Close Before You Doze
Fire is getting faster! Did you know that the time to escape a fire has deceased from 17 minutes down to about 3 minutes around 40 years ago. Because of synthetic and plastic materials used in home furnishings and construction, a fire can now spread faster than ever before.
It is very important that you close your door at night before going to bed. Having a closed door between you and a potential fire will give you valuable time to escape or to await rescue from the fire department. Remember "Close before You Doze", your life may depend on it. If you can escape remember: "GET OUT", "ONCE OUT, STAY OUT". and "meet at a designated place and STAY THERE".
For more information and videos, visit https://closeyourdoor.org/
Do you know that if the smoke detectors in your residence are more than 10 years old, then you are not properly protected by them!
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
What you need to know:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
- Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
- Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
For more great information about smoke alarms, visit the National Fire Protection Association.
Here is an informative video produced in conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department (the information is relevant in any jurisdiction) to help you learn more about smoke detectors and how to properly chose the appropriate type and how to install them:
Creating an Escape Plan
Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and planning in advance.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
For more information and to downloadable escape plan templates please visit the National Fire Protection Association.
Q: Are fireworks allowed within the city limits of Katy?
A: No, fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Katy per City of Katy Ordinance 253. If you are unsure if you are located within the city limits please use our Am I a Resident? portal to verify your address.
Section 5.07.000 "Violations" of City of Katy Ordinance # 253 states:
Any person who shall use, discharge, cause to be discharged, ignite, detonate, fire or otherwise set in action any fireworks in violation of this article shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). Any parent or guardian of any minor child below the age of fourteen (14) who permits or allows such minor child to use, discharge, ignite, detonate, fire or otherwise set in action any fireworks in violation of this article shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than two hundred dollars ($200.00).
Q: Is it OK to burn items on my property or to perform an agricultural burn?
Please contact the Fire Marshal's office at 281-391-4080 for guidance. An excellent resource can be found here: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - Outdoor Burning