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Correctional Facility Inspections

What We DoPhoto of the prison in Bayport, Minn.

The Minnesota State Interagency Agreement requires that Department of Public Safety (DPS) provide an annual fire inspection of the 11 DOC owned Minnesota Correctional Facilities. The DPS is also responsible for inspecting all facilities the commissioner of corrections is required to inspect and license or authorize to operate throughout the state. Read the general requirements.   

Find an Inspector

Search for an inspector in your area by using the State Fire Marshal's interactive mapping tool.

Information for Inspectors 

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be dangerous in a correctional facility because they are flammable. The Minnesota State Fire Code controls the use and storage of flammable liquids. Here is more information about the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers in correctional facilities.

BBQ grills and open flame on balconies and patios

Barbecuing in any environment presents certain hazards. Read more about the rules for BBQs and open flame on balconies and patios.

Candles and decorative open flame

Requirements and safeguards for using candles and other open flames in assembly, drinking and dining establishments is available online from the SFMD.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Here are the rules are regulations regarding carbon monoxide alarms.

Christmas trees

Natural cut trees are restricted in certain occupancies. Learn more in this information sheet.


Class K fire extinguishers

This information sheet provides an overview of the major code requirements that apply to Class K extinguishers.

Fire alarm systems by occupancy type

Learn more about fire alarm requirements by occupancy type and other alarm requirements. 

Fire department access

Minnesota State Fire Code establishes uniform criteria for fire department access roads. Learn more about them in this information sheet.

Recreational fires

There are minimum requirements for recreational fires. Find out more about them in this information sheet.

System inspection testing and maintenance

The information in this fact sheet applies only to the system testing, inspection and maintenance of sprinkler systems, alarm systems, commercial cooking systems, portable fire extinguishers and other fire protection equipment.


Inspection Forms

Here is a link to a fire alarm and emergency communication system inspection and testing form.

Fire Safety and Evacuation Plans

Correctional facilities are required by law to have fire safety and evacuation plans and conduct annual emergency evacuation drills.