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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Fire Prevention and Codes

Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the Fire Code of New York State?

A. The code can be viewed for free online here. Hard copies or electronic copies can be purchased from the International Code Council. Copies of the code are also available at these libraries.

Q. How do I get the OFPC Fire Safety House to display at my event?

A. OFPC has a pdf document with information on the Fire Safety House and how to put in a request. All requests for appearance of a Fire Safety House must be documented on the request form

Q. Is OFPC able to provide speakers to my school, group, or club?

A. Yes, call 518-474-6746 and ask for the Fire Inspection and Investigation Branch.

Q. Does OFPC have any fire safety pamphlets that I could use for my fire department or organization?

A. Yes, pamphlets are available and free to download and reprint.

Q. Do I need a carbon monoxide alarm in my home?

A. With the adoption of the 2010 NYS Building Code, you may be required to have a Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home.

Q. How many Inspections does OFPC perform annually?

A. OFPC performs over 35,000 inspections on approximately 15,000 buildings in New York State.

Q. Is my college building inspected?

A. OFPC inspects all college owned buildings (Outside of New York City) annually.

Q. I work in a State Office Building, is my building inspected?

A. All OGS owned State Office Buildings are inspected by OFPC on an annual basis. Inspections for leased is the responsibility of the local jurisdiction.

Fire Safe Cigarettes

Q: What do I need to do to certify my cigarettes?

A: Provide OFPC the following documentation:

  • A written certification attesting that:
    1. Each cigarette listed in the certification has been tested in accordance with section 429.3 of Title 19 NYCRR;
    2. Each cigarette listed in the certification meets the performance standard set forth in section 429.4 of Title 19 NYCRR;
    3. The laboratory conducting the testing in accordance with section 429.3 has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization entitled "General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories".
  • Each cigarette listed in the certification shall be described with the following information:
    1. Brand (i.e., the trade name on the package);
    2. Style (e.g., light, ultra-light);
    3. Length in millimeters;
    4. Circumference in millimeters;
    5. Flavor (e.g., menthol, chocolate) if applicable;
    6. Filter or non-filter;
    7. Package description (e.g., soft pack, box).
  • Each certification shall include the following information:
    1. Name, address and telephone number of the laboratory, if different from the manufacturer that conducted the test;
    2. Date(s) when testing occurred;
    3. Notarized statement from an officer or director of the laboratory certifying that the cigarette meets the standards prescribed in section 429.3;
    4. Web address of the website maintained by the manufacturer pursuant to section 429.7 listing the cigarette brands and styles which it has certified.

Mail all information to:
NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control
Attn: Cigarette Fire Safety Program
State Office Campus
1220 Washington Avenue
Building 7A, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12226

 

Q: Are there forms needed for filing certifications?

A: No. OFPC does not utilize a standard form for certification. However, manufacturers must include all relevant information and documentation as specified in the previous question.

Q: Is there a charge for certifying cigarettes?

A: No. New York State does not charge manufacturers to certify their cigarettes.

Q: How long is a certification good for?

A: Cigarette certifications need to be renewed every three years.

Q: Do I need to mark my cigarette packages?

A: Yes. The letters FSC must be on all packs, cartons, and master cases in eight point print at or near the UPC.

Q: I also sell rolling paper. Does that need to be certified?

A: No. Roll your own and cigars do not need to be certified.

Q: How can I determine if a particular brand and/or style is certified with OFPC?

A: You can review a list of certified cigarette brands and style here:
http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/cigarette/documents/manufacturers-list.pdf

Q: Are there readily available statistics for smoking-related fire deaths and smoking-related fires?

A: Yes. New York State Smoking Materials Fires 2000 - 2011.

 

Bryant D. Stevens

State Fire Administrator

The members of OFPC are dedicated to the advancement of sound fire safety practices by all citizens of NY and increasing the effectiveness and proficiency of the State's fire service.
This website is part of these efforts and we trust that the information provided will assist all of us in achieving a more fire safe NY.