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Fire Alarm Houston, an Alif Security Company, was founded in 2001 and is recognized as the best provider of fire alarm systems in Houston, TX. We provide Fire Alarm Installation, Inspection & Monitoring services in Houston, Harris County, Fort Bend County as well as the surrounding areas.

At Fire Alarm Houston we always try to share fire safety and emergency preparedness as well as our services. Here, you'll find valuable information on Fire Drill Plans, Fire Code Review Sheet, Emergency Action Evacuation Plan, Code Requirements for Schools, Daycares, and Other Institutions, HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT Phone Directory.

Fire Drill Plan

A Fire Drill Plan is a crucial component of fire safety protocols, designed to prepare occupants of a building for an efficient and orderly evacuation in the event of a fire. It includes detailed procedures and guidelines for conducting regular fire drills, ensuring that everyone knows what to do and where to go during an emergency. Key elements of a Fire Drill Plan include:

  • Purpose: To educate and train occupants on the proper actions to take during a fire emergency.
  • Frequency: Specifies how often fire drills should be conducted (e.g., monthly for schools).
  • Evacuation Routes: Clearly marked escape routes and exits.
  • Roles and Responsibilities: Defines the roles of staff and occupants during a drill, including who will assist with evacuations.
  • Assembly Points: Designated safe areas outside the building where occupants should gather after evacuating.
  • Communication Plan: Procedures for alerting occupants and coordinating with emergency responders.
  • Evaluation and Improvement: Assessing the effectiveness of each drill and making necessary adjustments to the plan.

For more details on how to implement an effective Fire Drill Plan, please browse:





Fire Code Review Sheet

A Fire Code Review Sheet is a comprehensive document used to ensure that buildings and facilities comply with local fire safety codes and regulations. It serves as a checklist and guideline for reviewing and verifying that all fire safety measures are in place and up to code. Key aspects covered in a Fire Code Review Sheet include:

  • Fire Alarm Systems: Requirements for the installation, maintenance, and inspection of fire alarm systems to ensure they are functional and meet local standards.
  • Emergency Lighting: Specifications for emergency lighting to ensure visibility during an evacuation, including placement and performance criteria.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Guidelines for the appropriate types, quantities, and locations of fire extinguishers within a building.
  • Exit Signs: Standards for exit signage to ensure that all exits are clearly marked and easily visible, aiding in a quick and orderly evacuation.
  • Sprinkler Systems: Requirements for the installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems to control or extinguish fires.
  • Occupant Load: Guidelines for determining the maximum number of occupants that can safely use a building or space, ensuring exits and safety systems can handle the load.
  • Egress Paths: Requirements for the design and maintenance of clear and unobstructed paths of egress to ensure safe evacuation routes.

The Fire Code Review Sheet helps building owners, managers, and safety officers identify areas that need improvement to comply with fire safety standards and regulations, ultimately ensuring the safety of all occupants.

For a detailed review of fire code requirements, visit: Fire Code Review


Code Requirements for Schools, Daycares, and Other Institutions

Fire safety codes for schools, daycares, and other institutions are designed to ensure the safety and protection of children, staff, and other occupants in the event of a fire. These requirements include specific guidelines and regulations that must be followed to maintain a safe environment. Key aspects of these codes include:

  • Regular Fire Drills: Schools and daycares are required to conduct fire drills on a regular basis, typically monthly, to ensure that all occupants are familiar with evacuation procedures and routes. These drills should be unannounced to simulate actual emergency conditions.

  • Evacuation Procedures: Detailed evacuation plans must be in place, clearly outlining the routes to be taken during an emergency. These routes should be well-marked and accessible, with consideration for individuals with disabilities.

  • Staff Training: All staff members must be trained in fire safety and evacuation procedures. This includes understanding how to use fire extinguishers, recognizing fire alarms, and knowing the specific roles they must play during an evacuation.

  • Fire Alarm Systems: The installation of appropriate fire alarm systems is mandatory. These systems should be regularly tested and maintained to ensure they are in working order.

  • Fire Extinguishers: Adequate fire extinguishers must be installed throughout the facility, with clear instructions on how to use them. Regular checks and maintenance of these extinguishers are required.

  • Building Safety Features: Schools and daycares must have safety features such as smoke detectors, emergency lighting, and clearly marked exits. These features help in the early detection of fires and ensure safe evacuation paths.

  • Record Keeping: Detailed records of all fire drills, inspections, and maintenance activities must be kept. These records are important for compliance and for identifying areas that need improvement.

For more information on these requirements, visit: HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT Standards and Codes


Emergency Evacuation System Requirements

Emergency evacuation system requirements are guidelines and standards that ensure the safety of building occupants during an emergency, such as a fire. These systems are designed to facilitate a quick, orderly, and safe evacuation of the premises. Key components and standards typically covered under emergency evacuation system requirements include:

  • Alarm Systems: Installation of reliable and audible fire alarm systems that can effectively alert all occupants of an emergency. These systems must be regularly tested and maintained to ensure functionality.

  • Emergency Lighting: Adequate emergency lighting must be installed to illuminate evacuation routes and exits, ensuring that occupants can see and navigate their way out even in the event of a power failure.

  • Signage and Maps: Clear and visible exit signs and evacuation maps should be posted throughout the building, showing the shortest and safest routes to exits. These should be easily readable even in low-light conditions.

  • Communication Systems: Implementation of communication systems, such as public address systems or two-way radios, to provide instructions and updates to occupants during an emergency.

  • Evacuation Routes: Design and maintenance of unobstructed and well-marked evacuation routes. These routes should accommodate the flow of occupants and be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

  • Fire Doors and Exits: Installation of fire-rated doors that can contain the spread of fire and smoke, along with clearly marked and easily accessible exits.

  • Assembly Points: Designation of safe assembly points outside the building where occupants can gather after evacuation for roll call and further instructions.

  • Regular Drills: Conducting regular evacuation drills to ensure that occupants are familiar with the evacuation procedures and routes. These drills help to identify and address any potential issues in the evacuation plan.

  • Maintenance and Inspections: Routine inspection and maintenance of all emergency systems and equipment to ensure they are in good working condition. This includes checking alarms, lighting, signage, and communication devices.

For a complete overview of emergency evacuation plan, please browse: Emergency Action Evacuation Plan.pdf



Phone Directory

Department/ Organization Address Phone Email or website
HFD Administration 500 Jefferson, 17th Floor, 77002 832-394-6700 email
Ambulance Records 500 Jefferson, 19th Floor, 77002 832-394-6860 email website
Ambulance Billing     website
Arson 1205 Dart St., Houston, TX 77007 832-395-8542 email
Central Payroll (Child Support)   713-837-9537 email
Chaplain 500 Jefferson, 17th Floor, 77002 832-394-6638 email
Credit Union (Firefighter) 4200 Kolb, 77007 713-864-0959  
Employment Verification   713-837-9497 website
EMS Records 500 Jefferson, 19th Floor, 77002 832-394-6860 email website
Facility Management 1205 Dart St, 77007 832-394-8400  
Fire Alarm Permits 1002 Washington, 77007 832-394-8811 website
Fire Codes 500 Jefferson, 16th Floor, 77002 832-394-6900 email
Fire Marshal Office 500 Jefferson, 16th Floor, 77002 832-394-6900 email
Fire Marshal Approval Permits 3300 Main 713-535-7897  
Houston Fire Museum 2403 Milam, 77006 713-524-2526 website
Fire Records 500 Jefferson, 19th Floor, 77002 832-394-6860 email website
Fire Watch / Standbys (permits) 1002 Washington, 77007 832-394-8811 website
Fleet 1205 Dart, 77007 832-395-8587  
Harris County Fire Marshal Office 2318 Atascocita Humble, TX 77396 281-436-8000  
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) 7825 Harrisburg, 77012 713-932-6711  
Hazmat Permits and Billing 1002 Washington, 77007 832-394-8811 website
High Rise Certifications 500 Jefferson, 16th Floor 77002 832-394-6922  
High Rise Inspections 500 Jefferson, 16th Floor 77002 832-394-6922  
Juvenile FireStoppers Program 1205 Dart, 77007 832-395-8542  
OIG/IAD (Complaints) 61 Risener 713-394-5100  
Payroll 611 Walker, 77002 832-393-8900  
Pension Office - Firefighters 4225 Interwood N. Parkway, 77032 281-372-5100 website
Pension Office - Municipal Employees   713-759-9275  
Permits 1002 Washington, 77007 832-394-8811 website
Public Affairs / Education 500 Jefferson, 17th Floor 77002. 832-394-6633 email
Public Information Office 500 Jefferson, 17th Floor, 77002 832-394-6709 email
Recruiting (Classified) 500 Jefferson, Concourse, 77002 832-394-6601 website
Union Hall (Firefighter) 1907 Freeman 713-223-9166 website
Volunteer Fire Department   713-862-9166  
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