Building Measures & Adopted Codes

Adopted Codes

The City of Edwardsville has adopted building and life safety codes and taken other steps in an effort to ensure that buildings here are safe for residents, visitors and businesses. Those codes are available by clicking here and also are listed below. 
Codes marked with an * are mandated by the State of Illinois.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • City Land Development Code & Zoning Ordinance
  • Illinois Accessibility Code *
  • Illinois Energy Conservation Code – 2018 Edition *
  • Illinois State Plumbing Code *
  • International Building Code – 2021 Edition
  • International Existing Building Code – 2021 Edition
  • International Fire Code includes appendices – 2021 Edition
  • International Fuel Gas Code with amendments – 2021 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code – 2021 Edition
  • International Property Maintenance Code – 2021 Edition
  • International Residential Code with amendments – 2021 Edition
  • National Electrical Code – 2020 Edition
  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code *

Preventive and Smart Practices at Residences & Commercial Sites

While the City of Edwardsville and its Fire Department do our part to keep you safe, there are steps you can take for the protection of life and property. 

Fire Hydrants & Landscaping

Edwardsville has over 1,400 fire hydrants and the number increases each year. It’s impossible for our firefighters to be able to pinpoint the precise location of every fire hydrant. This is why it is so important to make sure fire hydrants are clearly visible from the street and not obscured by landscaping, decorations or snow.

When responding to a fire the first vehicle on the scene looks for the closest hydrant and relays the information to the second responding unit so they can connect hoses to the hydrant and fill the truck that is pumping water to fight the fire. If the fire hydrant is not clearly visible firefighters could miss the closest hydrant and waste precious time laying hose to a more distant fire hydrant. This can cause an interruption in water supply that can allow the fire to grow and do more damage. When charged with water fire hoses are very stiff and cannot easily bend around obstacles. So it is also important to leave enough room around fire hydrants to hook up large firefighting hoses and operate the hydrant valve.

House & Building Address Numbers

It is important for emergency services to be able to quickly find your home or business, so the size and location of your building address numbers are governed by municipal codes.

Fire Extinguishers

We get a lot of questions about how to service and/or how to dispose of old fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers located at commercial and rental properties must be inspected and tagged annually by an approved inspector. There are several nearby companies that provide this service.

Home fire extinguishers can be inspected by the property owner. Recommendations include:

  • Check the outside of the extinguisher for signs of damage including chipped paint, rust and dents. If there is any damage the extinguisher should be replaced.
  • Verify the gauge is in the green area. Too much pressure or too little pressure means your extinguisher will not function properly.
  • Turn your extinguisher upside down a few times to loosen the powder inside.
  • After they have been depressurized old fire extinguishers can be thrown away or recycled. To depressurize an old extinguisher take it outside to a location where the contents of the extinguisher can be emptied without safely expelled. Alternately, bring your old extinguisher to one of our fire stations and we can dispose of it for you.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Prevention and preparedness can save lives, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are an important factor in achieving that goal. But they must be properly installed and kept in good working order. Visit our Fire Safety Information page for instructions on installing and maintaining these devices and some helpful videos offering fire facts and tips.

Knox Box

Many homes and businesses across America use a Knox Box for home security. A Knox Box is a secure key vault mounted near the entrance to a building. Knox Boxes are required for all commercial buildings in Edwardsville. Only the fire department has the key to open the Knox Box. When the fire department needs to enter a building in an emergency there are only two choices, they can damage the building by breaking a door or window or they can open the Knox Box, get the key and enter the building quickly and with no damage to expensive doors and windows. Knox has been in business for over 40 years and is trusted by thousands of fire and law enforcement agencies. A Knox Box removes barriers to entry, reduces injuries to responders, and minimizes property damage for building owners. For more information, visit the Knox Box website.