OSFM COVID-19 Information

California is in a State of Emergency

CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) continues to provide essential services to California, but please understand that longer wait times for services may occur. We recognize this is a challenging time, and we remain deeply committed to the safety of the public and our employees.

Use of Heaters in Temporary Tents & Awnings

Published: December 15, 2020

December 15, 2020 – This is to provide guidance on the use of heaters in temporary tents and awnings. 

New NFPA fact sheet providing guidance to schools as they prepare to re-open

Published: August 26, 2020

August 26, 2020 – As schools prepare to re-open their doors in the days and weeks ahead, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a new fact sheet. 

Annual Renewal Expiration Extension

Published: June 3, 2020

Executive Order N-63-20, which extended several licenses and certifications by 60-days, as well waived late fees.

New NFPA Checklist

Published: May 12, 2020

As businesses prepare to re-open, new NFPA checklist helps building owners and facility managers ensure fire and life safety for all occupants. 

Guidance Letter from the State Fire Marshal 

Published: April 3, 2020

OSFM provided recommendations and guidance on the COVID-19 emergency. Fire departments and fire protection contractors must ensure fire prevention and life safety systems and equipment are in working order. These systems and products are essential functions in safeguarding the public, businesses and institutions.

COVID-19 Emergency Medical Tents:

Published: April 2, 2020

This is to provide guidance and alternate means for hospitals, health care facilities, and local health departments on CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) regulatory requirements for flame-retardant tents during the COVID-19 emergency. Click here for the link. 

NFPA Guidance for Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems:

Published: March 24, 2020

The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) is urging officials to ensure that fire protection and life safety systems be maintained in all commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings throughout the global pandemic. Click here for the Link. 

Public Counter Closure Information Bulletin:  

Published: March 20, 2020

As the global effect of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the CAL FIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has closed most of the public counters statewide effective immediately. Click here for the link. 

Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety – Federal Stay of Enforcement

Published: March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety issued a Notice of Stay of Enforcement and Notice of Enforcement Discretion to Operators Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for the link. 

Get the Latest COVID-19 Updates

Published: March 2020

California is issuing daily updates on COVID-19. Get the most recent information from the California Department of Public Health.  Click here for the link.