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Easy Ways to Prepare for Fire Code Inspections
If the fire marshal dropped by your building today, what would they say? Fire code inspections can happen at any time, so it’s crucial that you keep your building safe no matter what. But sometimes, “up to code” can be tricky – who really knows what all the fire code requirements are?
How to Prepare for Fire Code Inspections: Outside
The most important thing to do when preparing for fire code inspections is making sure your building is easily accessible to the fire department. To be ready for fire safety inspections, you should make sure that:
Your building’s street address is clearly visible on the front of your building and can be easily seen from the road.
- If you have a fire alarm monitoring system, you have a key vault that will give firefighters access your building if the alarm goes off during non business hours.
- Any fire hydrants you have on your property are easily visible and have at least three feet of clearance space on all sides.
- The fire lanes in front of your building kept clear of any and all obstructions, including cars, shipping materials, etc.
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There’s nothing more important than having well-maintained fire extinguishers in your building – the keyword being “well-maintained”! It’s important to have your fire extinguishers professionally inspected once a year, but it’s arguably MORE important to inspect them yourself every month! Fortunately, it’s hard to go wrong with your monthly fire extinguisher inspection – it’s actually pretty easy.
Monthly Fire Extinguisher Self-Inspection
Monthly fire extinguisher inspections don’t need to be exhaustive – just a quick check over should be fine. And while they should not take the place of professional fire extinguisher inspections, they should definitely supplement them. The important things to check during your monthly fire extinguisher inspections are: