Fires can happen at any time, under a variety of circumstances. So when it’s time for a fire inspection, it is an opportunity to renew your commitment to keeping your business, employees, and patrons safe.
Detecting fire hazards and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local fire codes are part of every inspection. Depending on your type of business and jurisdiction, regular inspections may be more frequent. Since every building and business has it’s own characteristics, each inspection will be unique.
Understanding fire codes and standards, as well as local ordinances will help you meet your fire inspection requirements. Codes and standards are regularly updated and revised, so it is important to stay up-to-date on these codes and standards.
The following are basic evaluations conducted during inspections:
- fire extinguishers
- exits or means of egress
- combustible materials
- visible address for emergency personnel
- electrical equipment, including emergency and exit lighting
- trash dumpsters
- alarm systems, if applicable
- sprinkler systems, if applicable
A fire inspector is there to make sure you have a safe environment for your business’ continued success. It’s important to develop a good working relationship with your fire inspector, to maintain copies of all of your system or equipment inspection, testing, and maintenance reports, as well as engaging the services of a reputable, professional fire safety company like Pye Barker Fire Safety, to install or inspect any of your systems.
It is important to ask questions and to make sure you fully understand all of the issues involved in the inspection process. If the business owner is different than the building owner, it is still vital that both are aware of all issues and to determine who is responsible for what, and to communicate the security and fire and life safety to both.