When determining whether a building is fire
safe, inspectors follow the Florida Fire Prevention Code and the
National Fire Protection Association standards. Their goal is to
significantly decrease the chances of someone getting hurt or
killed in a fire by finding and eliminating potential fire
hazards. Inspectors routinely inspect fire alarms and
extinguishers as well as electrical wiring, emergency lighting
and exit sign systems.
Ask yourself these questions to
determine whether your business will pass a fire inspection:
- Are fire extinguishers charged and
- Do the smoke and fire alarms function
- Are exit signs clearly posted and lit?
- Does your emergency lighting system function properly?
- Are written evacuation plans posted at major exits?
- Does each room have two exits?
- Is anything blocking the exits?
- Are extension cords used properly?
- Do you document and post monthly fire drills?
- Do the fire sprinklers work properly?
- Are the ground fault circuits installed and functioning
- Are combustible materials kept away from children?
- Are appliances properly maintained?
- Do the heating, ventilating and air conditioning units
- Are fire walls installed between units?
- Are there holes in the fire wall?
- Is your numeric address posted on the front your
- Does each sleeping area have a smoke alarm?
- Is the access control box installed
properly and do the keys fit in the door locks?
Pat McCranie inspects a fire
extinguisher at a local school
Fire Investigator Angie Sweeney
(right) and Inspector Pat
McCranie look for fire hazards
at a local school.