The Fire Prevention / Hazardous Materials Division is primarily responsible for fire safety education, fire cause determination, inspection of high hazard occupancies, and fire code enforcement. This division also maintains a vital role as technical consultant to the Fire Department, the City, and the business community, advising on site construction, process installation, and the safe use and handling of hazardous materials as outlined in Federal, State, and local regulations. There is a plan checking service that assures the incorporation of proper life safety standards, as well as code compliance, in all new construction in the city. The Fire Prevention / Hazardous Materials Division supervises and coordinates some 9,900 Fire and Life Safety Inspections annually. Under this program, all commercial occupancies are inspected at least once a year and residential occupancies are inspected upon request. Over 4,100 code violations in the community are corrected annually as a direct result of this program. Training is also conducted for Department members in hazardous materials equipment and mitigation techniques. Fire Department personnel receive an average of 20 hours each of hazardous materials training in such subject areas as safety hazard mitigation, incident management, hazardous assessment, and legal obligations.
Fire Prevention Information & Tips
- Clear Out Dry Weeds to Eliminate Fire Hazard
- Family Emergency Preparedness
- Let's Hear It For Safety - Test Your Detector
- When You Reset Your Clocks, Did You Change Your Batteries?
- Prevent Turkey Fryer Fires (PDF)
- NFPA Christmas Tree Safety Sheet (PDF)
- Additional Holiday Safety Tips
The Fire Prevention/Hazardous Materials Division is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for the City of Santa Clara and is responsible for implementing the following programs:
- Hazardous Materials Management Plans/Business Plans (HMBP)
- Above Ground Storage Tanks
- California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP)
- Hazardous Waste Generator
- Underground Storage Tanks
California Environmental Reporting System (CERS)
- Getting started on CERS (PDF)
- Introduction to the Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) (PDF)
- Map Instructions, Requirements, and Sample (PDF)
Public Notices found on this page are intended to inform the public of regulatory activities in the City of Santa Clara.