Commercial Fire Inspection
Top 10 Violations
- Fire extinguishers missing or not serviced: Fire extinguishers must be serviced by a qualified technician every year. Every business is required to have at least 1 fire extinguisher. It must be within 75 feet of travel from any point in the business.
- Exit signs and emergency lighting not working: All emergency exits are required to have an approved emergency exit sign that is connected to the building’s emergency power system or have a battery backup. The signs are to be lit at all times. The backup lighting shall work at any time. You can check the backup system at any time by using the test button on the exit sign. Emergency lighting must provide illumination to the entire emergency egress pathway at any time. These lights must work off the building’s emergency power or have a battery backup.
- Extension cords being used improperly: Extension cords cannot be attached to any part of the building by any means. Extension cords are only allowed to portable devices. Extension cords must be plugged directly into a wall receptacle. Alternatives to extension cords are power surge protectors.
- Sprinkler/suppression system not serviced: All sprinkler systems must be serviced yearly by a qualified technician. After the inspection, you are to receive a report with the results of the test. Copies of this report must be available to the inspector upon request. Hood suppression systems must be serviced biannually. Report must be available upon request.
- High-pressure gas cylinders not secured: High pressure gas cylinders must be secured inside or outside so that the tank cannot fall.
- Emergency egress pathways not maintained to exit doors: A clear path to all emergency exit doors must be maintained with 44 inches of clear space to allow occupants the ability to quickly exit the building.
- Improper locking devices on emergency exit doors: Emergency exit doors are allowed to have only 1 locking device. Deadbolts that use a key on the inside are not allowed. Surface mounted locks such as deadbolts or padlocks are not allowed. Any locking device that requires special knowledge to its use or requires tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist is not allowed.
- Piggy backing of surge protectors: Surge protectors must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Plugging a surge protector into another surge protector is known as “piggy backing” and is not allowed. Multi-plug adaptors are not allowed unless the device is equipped with surge protection.
- Open electrical devices: ll electrical switches, receptacles and junction boxes must have the proper cover installed. This includes open slots in the electric panel.
- Illegal construction or change of use: Anytime a business does construction/renovation, the Building Department should be notified to obtain the proper permits, if required, and to make sure all applicable building and fire codes are followed. Not obtaining permits can cause your construction to be halted. If changing use group, the Building Department must be notified. Different building and fire codes may apply to the new use group.