Fire Safety Code Inspection Checklist

The following is a partial list of items that the Fire Marshal will be looking for during an inspection. It is not a complete list and other Code violations may be cited.

Exit Signs

  • Exit signs shall be illuminated at all times including during power failures.
  • Generally the exit lights shall have a battery back up to maintain illumination.
  • Monthly testing and documentation is required by the property owner/tenant.
  • Click here to download Inspection Form.

Emergency Lights

  • Emergency lighting is required to illuminate exit paths during a power failure.
  • All emergency lights shall be tested once a month for 30 seconds and once a year for 90 minutes.
  • Monthly testing and documentation is required by the property owner/tenant.
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Exits

  • All exits are to be kept clear of obstructions at all times, aisles or corridors shall be kept clear for its full width.
  • All exit doors are to remain unlocked while building is occupied.
  • All exit doors shall be free of deadbolts, slidebolts and padlocks. Only one locking mechanism is permitted per door.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Fire extinguishers are required in all occupancies.
  • They shall be readily visible and mounted on a wall near an exit.
  • Fire extinguishers are required to be inspected monthly and serviced annually by a qualified service company.

Extension Cords

  • Extension cords shall not be used as substitute for fixed wiring.
  • They shall not be run through walls, ceilings, or attached to building surfaces.
  • UL listed surge protectors with a fuse are permitted. However, multiple surge protectors connected together are prohibited.

Electrical Panels

  • Electrical panels shall maintain a 36" clearance to provide access.
  • All circuits must be labeled to identify the circuit in an emergency.
  • Missing or unused circuits shall be covered with a blank panel cover.

Fire Alarm Systems

  • Any fire alarm system shall be inspected and tested annually per NFPA 72 requirements.
  • All inspection records shall be available for review by the Fire Marshal.

Automatic Sprinkler Systems

  • Any automatic fire sprinkler system shall be inspected and tested annually per NFPA 25 requirements.
  • All inspection records shall be available for review by the Fire Marshal.
  • No storage or stock shall be permitted within 18" of sprinkler head.

Food And Cooking Establishments

  • Provide documentation for semi-annual hood and duct cleaning. Hood and duct maintenance shall be in accordance with NFPA 96
  • Provide documentation that fire suppression system has been tested and serviced. Maintenance shall be in accordance with NFPA 17 & 17A