How to Pass Your Fire Safety Inspection
Businesses are required to comply with a yearly fire inspection by the local fire department. There are a few little things that can be violations you might not think of. So, before the inspector arrives to ensure your employees stay safe on a daily basis, run through our checklist and make sure you’re good to go.
Fire Safety Plan
Update Fire Alarm System
Obviously, checking that your alarm system works is probably going to be number one. An updated and fully operational alarm system is crucial to your employees and your building’s safety. Consider automated fire systems with fire panels, emergency buttons, smoke detectors, voice alerts, and more. Maintenance is always available to ensure it is working properly to prevent any issues.
Through day to day activity, you doorways might be functional for employees but if there is any debris or storage near them, you’ll get marked off on an inspection. Inspectors look at these as means of escape in the event of a fire, so check to ensure nothing is blocking the doors or paths. Double-check the doors to see if they are easy to open and if not, figure out what needs doing.
Flammable items must be located within 18 inches below a sprinkler system. Combustibles must be stored away from flame-producing appliances and in proper containers. This can be difficult to relocate in a restaurant or art studio but in an office, there’s not much of an excuse to have them improperly placed.
Ask in Advance
Find out which specific things your fire department will be looking for, and see if they have a checklist they can provide to you beforehand.