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Below is a list of the most common fire code violations found during periodic business inspections:

Housekeeping

  • Combustible materials stored in mechanical rooms and electrical rooms.
  • Combustible materials stored in exits.
  • Combustible materials stored within two feet of the ceiling or 18 inches below sprinkler heads.
  • Combustible storage within three feet of electrical panels.
  • Combustible storage within three feet of heat-producing equipment.
  • Any storage within three feet of fire protection equipment.

Exits

  • Exits and exit corridors shall remain clear and unobstructed.
  • Exit doors shall be unlocked when the building is occupied.
  • Exit signs shall be illuminated.
  • Emergency lights shall be operational.

Fire Protection Equipment

  • Fire alarm systems shall be serviced annually.
  • Fire sprinkler systems shall be serviced annually.
  • Kitchen hood suppression systems shall be serviced semi-annually.
  • Fire protection equipment rooms shall be labeled.
  • Fire extinguishers shall be serviced annually.
  • Fire lanes shall be maintained clear and unobstructed.
  • Fire hydrants shall be maintained operational and unobstructed with a minimum of three feet of clearance.
  • A Class K fire extinguisher shall be provided for cooking operations.

Exterior

  • Address shall be provided on the front of the business and on the rear exits.
  • Storage of combustible waste items shall not be permitted on the outside of the building.
  • FDC shall be maintained operational and unobstructed with a minimum of three feet of clearance.
  • Keys provided in Knox Box.

General

  • Extension cords shall not be sued for permanent power or operations. A store bought, UL listed, surge protector may be permitted for minor electrical equipment.
  • Empty slots in electrical panels shall be filled and labeled.
  • Fire rated assemblies shall be maintained.
  • Flammable and combustible liquids shall be properly stored.
  • Compressed gas cylinders shall be properly secured.