The Office of Fire and Life Safety, a Division of Health Facilities Construction, conducts periodic fire and life safety surveys of existing facilities to insure continued compliance with appropriate codes, standards and regulations. The authority to do this comes from the South Carolina Legislature. Some health care facility types such as doctors offices and clinics are not licensed by S.C. DHEC and thus are not reviewed or inspected by us. We also do not review most of these facilities, even if owned by the licensed entity. If you have a question, please call us at (803) 545-4215.
Every year health care facilities experience a growing number of fire related emergencies. There can be many causes for the fires, however most are due to a lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. It is our mission through oversight, inspection, and education to help reduce these emergencies and prevent the loss of life and property at health care facilities.
The Office of Fire and Life Safety has regulatory responsibility to ensure compliance with state fire safety regulations and, in conjunction with the Division of Health Facilities Construction, acts as a liaison between local municipal fire departments, the South Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal and the health care facilities. We support regular interaction with these groups to discuss fire and life safety matters, as well as develop and conduct training programs.
Copies of the DHEC Regulation for any of the facilities that DHEC licenses may be downloaded from the Regulation page of this website. Click here to go to the Regulation Page.
For additional information, contact: Division Director Bill McCallum at 803-545-4211.