STATE FIRE MARSHAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FAMILY CHILD
CARE HOME I & II
The State Fire Marshal’s Office uses the 2000 Edition of the
Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) which has been adopted by the State of Nebraska
as the current fire codes.
The following are examples of fire safety requirements that are needed
in the physical structure of a family child care home program. They
include, but are not limited to:
1. At least two unblocked exits from every floor on which child
care is provided. One of the exits must be a door that leads directly
outside. The second can be an egress window that is not more than
44 inches above the floor and provides a clear opening of 5.7 square
2. Furnaces, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and other heaters must
be inaccessible to children. You may be required to have a workable,
properly maintained fire extinguisher on the premises.
3. All storage areas must be free of excessive combustibles or highly
4. Bathroom and closet doors must be designed so they can be unlocked
from the outside.
5. Operating, properly mounted smoke alarms are required. This means:
• One smoke alarm on each level of the home and,
• A smoke alarm outside of the sleeping rooms and,
• A smoke alarm in each sleeping room used by the clients.
All smoke alarms must be powered by the house electrical service (hard-wired).
The smoke alarms must be interconnected so that when one smoke alarm
is activated, all smoke alarms sound.
Smoke detection equipment must be UL listed or bear the approval of
another major testing laboratory such as Factory Mutual.