School Fire and Safety Drills

On March 23, 2015, HB178 went into effect. Part of that legislation includes changes to school fire and safety drills. The Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM), Code Enforcement Bureau has issued the following documents for your review:

  • Technical Bulletin 15-001: A summary of the legislation and its effects
  • FAQ: Frequently asked questions
  • Instructions / Log: Quick reference for schools and the log/form they must return to the SFM
  • Flow Chart – A quick reference guide for the drills (number and type) that schools must conduct

All four of the documents can be found at this link:

For questions regarding drills or rapid dismissals, please contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Code Enforcement Bureau, 8895 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068; (614)728-5460;

For questions regarding school safety drills, please contact appropriate law enforcement for your jurisdiction (i.e., the police chief or other similar chief law enforcement officer, or designee, of your municipal corporation, township, or township or joint police district in which your school or institution is located, or, in absence of any such person, the county sheriff of the county, or designee, in which your school or institution is located).