Though it may seem like more of an annoyance than anything, a fire inspection is really important in ensuring the safety of your building. You need to be sure that everything is working properly in case of an emergency. The last thing you want is your business to fail the inspection. Here are some ways to get your business prepared for the upcoming fire inspection.
You need to ensure that there are metal coverings on all your circuit breaker panels and junction boxes. This prevents any possible electrical fires from happening. The electrical boxes should be labeled so that everyone knows what each one has control of. Extension cords should never be a permanent fixture in your building so make sure that you are working to replace any you might be using. Cords can’t have any damage to them and shouldn’t be running under rugs. Surge protectors are required for computers and other hardware.
Test Your Own Equipment
You should test your own alarms prior to your fire inspection to ensure that they are working properly. You should do this a little while in advance so that if something is wrong, it gives you time to fix it. The inspectors would ask for documentation that your alarms have been serviced yearly, so hold onto all paperwork in that regard. This goes for fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems as well. Your fire extinguishers should be easy to access and the number that you need depends on the size of the business. The general rule of thumb is that there needs to be a fire extinguisher per every 2,000 square feet.
Make sure that pathways to exits are clear, including stairways. There needs to be a fire evacuation plan posted throughout your building so that employees and consumers (depending on what type of business you have) can see them. It is also required that you have a maximum occupancy sign near the main entrance of the building. You want to test out your emergency exits and make sure that the doors open easily. The lights in your emergency exit signs must be working as well because they are supposed to on at all times.
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