Fire Prevention Plans

A fire prevention plan (FPP) is intended to prevent a fire from occurring in a workplace. The FPP identifies fuel sources (hazardous or other materials) on site that could initiate or contribute to the spread of a fire, and includes the building systems, such as fixed fire extinguishing systems and alarm systems, in place to control the ignition or spread of a fire.

Fire Prevention Plans

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What are the hazards associated with fire prevention plans?

Failure to have an effective fire prevention plan may allow for ignition sources to cause fires, allow for lack of fire protection equipment needed to control each major fire hazard leading to property loss, and more importantly, may cause loss of human life.

What can I do to protect myself?

If the employer has a fire prevention plan, employees should become familiar with the content and how the plan may help to protect them in the event of a fire or other similar emergency.

What resources are available to assist employers?

Safety and Health Programs

This fire prevention plan (General Industry and Construction) can also be modified to fit the workplace. Other example safety and health programs are available for employers to download and adapt to their specific conditions. 

The workplace self-inspection checklist (General Industry and Construction) includes a discussion of exits and exit routes and can be adapted for use in the workplace. 

Training and Outreach Services

The presentation on exit routes, emergency action and fire prevention plans and fire extinguishers can be used by employers to assist in their employees' training and should be modified to reflect specific conditions and hazards in their workplaces. Other example presentations are available along with pre-recorded webinars which can be accessed at any time. 

In addition, the education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request. 

In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC).

Safety and Health Topics

More related information can be found on the safety and health topic pages for emergency action plans, emergency response and exits and exit routes

Consultation Services

The consultative services bureau provides free and confidential onsite consultation regarding worksite safety and health hazards.

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards which are applicable to fire prevention in North Carolina. Note: Please also check the standards information and activity webpage to see if there has been any recent or upcoming regulatory activity on this topic. 

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OSH standards requiring fire prevention plans:

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Other Applicable Standards

The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite.

Where can I learn more?

Compliance Documents

Industry Guides

Technical Assistance

Inquiries about workplace safety and health requirements can be submitted to Ask OSH through the online form, by email to, or by phone at 919-707-7876.