Inspection Checklist

Below is a list of the most common fire code violations found during inspections. 

Housekeeping 

  • Combustible materials stored in mechanical rooms and electrical equipment rooms
  • Combustible materials stored in exits   
  • Combustible materials shall not be stored within two feet of the ceiling or 18 inches below sprinkler heads
  • Storage is not permitted within three feet of electrical panels   
  • Combustibles shall not be stored within three feet of heat producing equipment   
  • Storage is not permitted within three feet of fire protection equipment   

Exits

  • Exits and exit corridors shall 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 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   
  • Provide a K Class fire extinguisher for cooking operations 

Exterior

  • Address shall be provided on the gas and electrical meters
  • Address shall be provided on the front of the business and on the rear exits   
  • Fire lanes shall be maintained clear and unobstructed   
  • Fire hydrants shall be maintained operational and unobstructed   
  • Combustible storage of waste items shall not be permitted on the outside of the building
  • FDC (Fire Department Connection) shall be maintained operational and unobstructed with a minimum of three feet of clearance   
  • Keys provided in Knox Box

General 

  • Extensions cords shall not be used for permanent power or operations. A store bought, UL listed, surge protector may be permitted for minor electrical equipment
  • Power strips and extensions cords shall not be daisy chained   
  • Empty slots in electrical panels shall be filled and labeled   
  • Fire rated assemblies shall be maintained   
  • Dispense flammable and combustible liquids in a well vented area using safety cans   
  • Flammable and combustible liquids shall be property stored   
  • Occupant load shall be posted near the entrance in a conspicuous location