Business Owner Self-Inspection Guidelines
By following these self-inspection guidelines, the chances are decreased
that a fire will destroy your business. Remember, fire safety inspections
focus on maintaining a safe work environment and keeping each business
Fire Extinguishers & Fire Protection Systems
A minimum of one (1) 2A-10BC-fire extinguisher is required to be
installed in every business. One fire extinguisher may serve a maximum
of 6,000 square feet and be spaced not more than 75 feet from any
location in the business.
Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible, wall mounted between
3-5 feet from the floor.
Extinguishers must be serviced and tagged annually, after each
use and when the gauge indicates recharge, by a licensed contractor.
No obstructions, including storage are allowed around standpipes,
fire hose cabinets, sprinkler valves and hydrants. Keep designated
fire lanes around your business clear at all times.
If required to have a smoke detector, test it monthly and replace
the batteries once a year.
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General Requirements and Housekeeping
Make sure address numbers and letters are clearly visible from the
street. Add a contrasting background to the address where there
is limited street lighting.
Remove combustibles, trash and other debris from around the building's
Do not store ANY materials in fire systems equipment rooms including
mops, brooms, boxes or any other combustible or flammable material.
Keep storage, furnishings and merchandise three feet (3') away
from heat producing equipment to minimize fire risk.
Maintain two feet (2') of clearance between stored materials and
the ceiling and eighteen inches (18") below sprinkler heads. Keep
storage orderly, secure and located so exits from the building will
not be blocked.
Repair holes in walls; replace ceiling panels and other breaches
where portions of walls or ceilings have been damaged. This maintains
the fire resistive integrity of your building's original construction.
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Three feet (3') of clear space is required in front of every exit
door. The exit may not be obstructed with storage, trash, shelves,
cabinets or equipment.
Exit doors may not be equipped with any kinds of deadbolt or latch
which requires the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort
to open the door from the inside.
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Flammable Liquids & Hazardous Materials
ALL excessive storage of flammable or combustible liquids must be
removed from a business. Only up to ten gallons (10 gal) are allowed
to keep for maintenance, operations, demonstration, treatment and
other type of laboratory work.
Flammable and combustible liquids may only be stored in their original
Compressed gas cylinders must be adequately secured to prevent
them from falling or being knocked over. Each cylinder must be labeled
with its contents.
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Extension cords cannot be used permanently in any business in the
City. Only UL or FM listed fused or circuit breaker surge suppressors
may be used for non-permanent appliances like calculators, desk
lamps, typewriters and computers. Large fixed appliances like refrigerators,
table saws and other large equipment cannot be used with extension
cords on power cords.
Extension cords and fused electrical cords cannot be permanently
attached to walls, floors or ceilings. No wiring or cords may extend
through walls, ceilings, and floors or under doors.
Replace worn or frayed wires to minimize fire hazard.
All electrical receptacles must have cover plates.
Thirty inches (30") of unobstructed access area is required in
front of electrical panels.
For answers to any questions, please call 691-5055.