It is important that your facility is always be “up to code.” This is especially crucial when it comes to your annual fire code inspection. Violations can come with hefty fines. The key to passing inspection is preparation. This starts by understanding the codes and comprehending what is expected of you. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your next fire code inspection.
Your exit doors should be easy to open. They should not be locked or require any special key or tool to open. All pathways leading to exit doors must be clear of obstacles and debris. Emergency lighting must illuminate all exits and exit signs must be visible and need to opperate in both normal (A/C) power and emergency (D/C battery back-up, 90 minute run-time) power modes.
Fire extinguishers must be properly charged, easy to access and have had their annual inspection, testin and tagging. Electrical outlets and circuit breakers must be covered with plates. Extension cords should not be used in place of permanent wiring. Fire marshals do not look fondly upon extension cords. If you use one, do not staple it to anything.
The fire marshal will also inspect the outside of your building. They primarily want to make sure that your property is accessible to the fire department in case of emergency. This means your address needs to be clearly marked on the front of your building. Fire hydrants must be unobstructed and easily visible. Any fire lanes in front of your building must also be unobstructed and clear.
These are basic tips to help you pass your next fire inspection. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact your local fire department for specific instructions. While fire codes are generally the same, there may be some variations depending on your location.
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