Fire Prevention

Annual Building Inspections

If you are a business or property owner, please review this sheet to prepare for your annual building inspection.  It also serves as a great reminder for your own monthly inspections. If you would like assistance in preparing for this inspection, or have any questions, please call 708-687-6050. If calling before or after business hours, please leave a voice mail.

Apartment Building Safety

Apartment owners are encouraged to review this safety sheet regarding common areas and what to inspect on a monthly basis in an effort to provide a safe environment for their tenants.  

Fire Alarm or Sprinkler Plans

Please review the fire alarm system submittal procedures and sprinkler system submittal procedures before the review/approval process with the Oak Forest Fire Department. A completed FSCI Plan Review Transmittal Form needs to be included with all plan review submittals. Mail to FSCI at 2420 Alft Lane, Elgin, Illinois 60124. For any questions regarding submission, contact FSCI at (847) 697-1300 or email

Fire Prevention Checklist

The Fire Department encourages all building owners to review this checklist on a monthly basis.  When the Fire Department comes out to do an annual inspection these are the main items (but not limited to) that inspectors look for.

Progressive in Prevention

The Oak Forest Fire Department has a very progressive and active fire prevention program. The department's commitment to safety is illustrated through its status as one of the first communities in Illinois to adopt residential sprinkler requirements. Fire prevention is a shared responsibility between property owners and the Fire Department.

Annual fire inspections are performed in all multiple family residences as well as all business and commercial establishments.  Below are some tips regarding the safety of your family and guests.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required in all single-family and multi-family residential dwellings. If you are a renter, you are responsible for insuring that the battery is operating.

Use of Grills

Grills are not to be used on the porch or balcony of any multiple family or commercial building.


Do you have homeowners insurance or renters insurance protecting you against fire? Can you afford to replace all of your belongings if they were lost? Insurance is a cheap alternative to funding total replacement of your property.

2018 International Fire Code 

The Oak Forest Fire Department follows the International Fire Codes 2018 Edition and National Fire Protection Association 2018 Edition.  Click here to view the 2018 International Fire Code Amendments.