Operation Safe Stay   

The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) licenses all hotels in the State of Ohio. All hotels are inspected annually upon licensure renewal, or at any time throughout the year if the SFM’s Code Enforcement Bureau (CEB) receives a complaint regarding the facility. When conducting their inspections, CEB inspectors are looking to ensure that each facility is in compliance with both the sanitary standards that hotel facilities are required to follow pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) and with all applicable fire and life safety provisions of the Ohio Fire Code (OFC). Operation Safe Stay is an incentive program that was developed to recognize those hotels across Ohio that routinely comply with these R.C. and OFC standards.

Beginning in January 2017, all Ohioans and visitors to the State of Ohio began seeing the above SFM “Operation Safe Stay” logo appear in the windows of Ohio’s hotels and in their advertising campaigns. The use of the Operation Safe Stay logo by a hotel allows the public to readily identify those facilities that have – for a period of at least 24 consecutive months – maintained their facilities in a compliant manner. “The program was designed to recognize the best of the best, and to incentivize fringe actors to not only bring their facilities into compliance, but to thereafter continually maintain them in a compliant manner,” said State Fire Marshal Jeff A. Hussey.

Over time, and as its use becomes more prevalent, the Safe Stay logo will become an indicator to all Ohioans and Ohio visitors that the facility they are choosing to stay in consistently operates in a safe and sanitary manner.

Under the Operation Safe Stay program, the SFM may designate a qualifying licensed hotel as a “Safe Stay Hotel” if the hotel meets certain requirements. Any hotel that is awarded the designation may then choose to use the logo either by displaying it in their facility and/or by using it in their advertising and print materials.

To see a list of all licensed hotels in the State of Ohio that currently qualify as a Safe Stay facility, please click here.

To see an outline of the requirements a hotel must meet to be designated as a Safe Stay Hotel , please click here. To see the laws and rules regarding the Safe Stay program, please click here.

For more information about the program and all of its requirements, please contact the SFM’s CEB at 614-728-5460 or toll-free at 1-888-276-0303.