Most church goers are probably aware that there are expenses involved to keep the doors of their sanctuary open. Fire and safety inspections are one of the many costs required to allow one to worship in the church of their choosing.
Fire Inspector Skip Moorhead completed an inspection of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lovington,NM on January 29, 2015. I believe some small towns will waive the cost of the safety inspection given the emotional and spiritual support a church can provide to the community.
Keith S. Frangiamore, certified fire protection specialist, can provide some money saving tips for cash strapped churches with waning attendance and low tithings. He mentions that if there are costly items or repairs requiring attention to achieve fire safety compliance, most inspectors will grant additional time and cost reduction ideas. In a highly regulated society like the United States, businesses and Churches can struggle to keep their head above water trying to avoid the financial burden of compliance. Keith points out that compliance often hinges only on operational issues and are easily corrected at minimal expense.