Fire marshals often perform fire code inspections without announcement. While violations can incur a fine if left uncorrected, they can also have property damaging or even fatal ramifications. John Michael Agosti & Associates are here to determine which codes may have caused a fire in the aftermath, but here are some of the most common code violations that, if corrected in a timely fashion, can prevent a fire from ever occurring.
The best way to prevent a violation is to perform regular, unofficial inspections of your own. The first place to check is your exit signs. These should be placed in a clearly visible location and illuminating properly. Also, check your exit doors. They should be easily accessible, with no debris or garbage impeding a quick exit. Exit doors to stairways and hallways should be closed unless in use. This prevents fire and smoke from spreading through the building. Inside exit doors should never have keyed locks. They should be able to open in one fluid motion.
Smoke detectors and fire alarms require written inspection notices in many states. It’s a good idea to keep track of when batteries are changed anyway, for your own records. Fire extinguishers have expiration dates. Make sure that your extinguishers are up-to-date annually.
Combustibles and trash should never be stored in stairwells. Trash should also be taken out every day, as this is a common start-site for fires. Electrical panels should be closed unless they are in use. This is particularly important and a common oversight, as a short could cause dangerous flying metal.
For more information on fire codes and violations, keep up with our blog. And in the unfortunate event of a fire, contact the team at John Michael Agosti & Associates. Our experts are happy to help!