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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Fire Safety for Temporary Outdoor Structures

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For a number of years, the City of Kennewick has worked in partnership with local businesses in order to ensure they are safe for employees and customers.  Although we are presently operating in unprecedented times, our interest and concern continues to be focused on working collaboratively to ensure that life safety concerns are addressed in a positive and constructive manner.   

A number of building, fire and life safety codes have been put in place over the years because of tragic outcomes that have occurred in various locations throughout the United States.   These codes have been adopted to help reduce the potential of preventable property loss, injuries and fatalities.

The Kennewick Fire Department and Building Department would like to let local businesses know that we stand ready to assist any local business with questions they may have about modifications they are considering making to their business.  These modifications include things such as barriers being installed to assist with social distancing, temporary structures such as tents that are intended to be used to allow restaurants and businesses to re-open, and other modifications being implemented during the current pandemic.   Please note that City approval does not relieve businesses from adhering to any of the Governor’s phased reopening requirements.  Our desire has been, and continues to be, to work closely with businesses to ensure they are safe and free of life safety hazards.  Over the past couple of months, we have had several success stories of business we have worked with that have resulted in positive outcomes.  

Although we are operating in unique circumstances, the City of Kennewick continues to have a responsibility to address any fire and life safety violations that are present.  Our preference is to work proactively with local businesses so violations do not have to be addressed when they are discovered.  One of our current highest priorities is to ensure we have staff available to assist any business that has concerns or questions.   Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions we can assist you with.    

Fire Marshal’s Office

(509) 585-4352 

Additional Info on Fire Safety and Temporary Outdoor Structures

Businesses who wish to make modifications to their outdoor space can submit an on-line application.

There is no fee for this application. Businesses who serve alcoholic beverages need approval from the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and all businesses must submit a business pledge that they will follow all COVID-19 guidelines and complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

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