Each year, fire safety professionals perform hundreds of fire inspections to assess and evaluate the life and safety hazards in commercial buildings. The purpose of these inspections is to catch potential fire hazards before they become dangers that would ultimately lead to property damage and potential loss of life. Every business owner and building manager does what they can to ensure that the building remains as safe as possible throughout the year and they take extra steps when preparing for the annual inspection. Read on to learn more about the basics of fire inspections.
To prepare for the annual fire inspection, a great tip is to use a checklist to ensure that you’ve covered all your bases. The checklist will help you stay on track of all the maintenance you’ve already conducted and what still needs to be done. The annual fire inspection is often a random and unscheduled event. This means that it’s important to be prepared at all times to ensure that the building remains safe throughout the year. Before the inspection begins, you’ll likely meet with the inspector where you will provide them with copies of all your fire system reports.
Benefits of the annual fire inspection include ensuring that you are responsible for providing a safe working or living environment for all employees, residents, and guests who frequent the building. It also helps maintain the security of your business and therefore, your job, as up to 80 percent of small businesses that experience even a small fire never reopen. In addition, a building that is consistently maintained is one that has better resale value and you may also see a possible reduction in your insurance premiums.
The inspector is checking for various building components to ensure that it is as safe as possible to avoid injuries and property damage in the event of a fire emergency. Access to the building and premises should be free and clear of obstruction. All means of egress should be visible, accessible, and fully functional. All electrical components should be properly installed and labeled. All exits and corridors should be properly lit with battery backup in the event of a power outage. Finally, all component of the fire safety system (alarm, extinguishers, etc.) should well maintained and easily accessible.
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