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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Notice from Fire Chief May 21, 2020



Indianola Business Owners and Occupants of Public Buildings

As the state begins to relax its restrictions to reopen the business community through a phased approach, the Indianola community needs to remember, based on current levels of transmission and healthcare capacity at the state and local level, to follow all code requirements. Business operations are given guidance through the CDC, IDPH and the Governor’s office as what to achieve to provide the necessary social distancing and safe practices to limit the level of disease transmission. When resuming business operations decisions should be based on limiting the level of disease transmission and decreasing the impact of COVID-19 in your workplace.

Keeping that in mind, the community and your readiness to protect the safety and health of your employees and customers, please do not overlook the original safety guidelines in-place prior to the disaster declaration such as the International Fire Code and International Building Code. While trying to provide the necessary social distancing prescribed, you still need to comply with International Fire Code on “Means of Egress”. The Indianola Fire Department has received information that some businesses have adopted procedures to lock egress doors in an attempt to limit occupants in their businesses during daily operations. This action is a violation of the adopted International Fire Code and International Building Code. If you have doors that are dead-bolt or key turn-lock they must remain unlocked during normal business operations. We appreciate your attention in this matter of compliance and safety.

If you have questions on this subject, please contact the Indianola Fire Department at 515-961-9405.


Gregory M. Chia

Fire Chief

PDF Notice from Fire Chief May 21, 2020

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